William E. Donald

William E. Donald
Research Scholar
Vocational Behaviour and and Human Resource Management
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I am retired on health grounds, use a wheelchair, and am predominantly housebound. However, I have a passion for carrying out pragmatic research (when I am physically able to) that contributes to both the academic community and wider stakeholders.

I completed my PhD (Management, 2014-2017) at Southampton Business School, the University of Southampton, in the UK under the supervision of Professor Yehuda Baruch and Dr Melanie Ashleigh. Part of my PhD findings offered a new model of graduate employability drawing on human capital, career advice, and protean career orientation. My research sits in the field of Vocational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, with a specific focus on graduate employability, graduate employment, and sustainable careers.

I am currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Southampton Business School as a guest of Professor Yehuda Baruch. 

As of July 2022, I have published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles (authorship: 7 first, 5 senior, 1 other), 3 book chapters in edited collections (authorship: 3 first), and 15 conference papers (authorship: 13 first, 1 senior, 1 other). I have co-authored work with academics from America, Australia, Dubai, England, and India. 

My work has been cited 301 times (h-index 5, i10-index 4) and read by 17,834 people across 112 countries and 6 continents (according to Google Scholar and ResearchGate, July 2022).

My research awards include a Doctoral College School Runner Up for Southampton Business School (2019), a Doctoral College School Highly Commended Faculty Nominee for the Faculty of Business & Law (2018), a Southampton Business School Postgraduate Publication Award (2017), and a Best Paper in Relational Leadership and Change Track at Southampton Business School Conference (2016).

I am the Managing Editor of the GiLE Journal of Skills Development and sit on the Editorial Boards for Career Matters and the Journal of Management & Organization. I am a Retired Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Non-Practising Member of the National Council of Psychotherapists, a Retired Member of the Career Development Institute, a Member of the Graduate Recruiter Network, a Lifetime Retired Affiliate of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, a Retired Member of the Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society, an Honorary Member of the Institute of Student Employers, and a Lifetime Member of the British Computer Society. I am also a qualified Life Coach.

I previously worked at a Graduate Recruiter in London, UK for an Investment Bank. I have also given guest lectures on graduate employability at universities around the UK.

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Career Ecosystem, Graduate Employability, Graduate Recruitment, Protean Career, Sustainable Careers