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Redefining career communities in higher education

This study aims to revisit the understudied concept of career communities in higher education. Using mixed methods, this study assesses how university students define and characterize career communities compared to general communities. Based on our interviews (N=25) and survey (N=123), we define a career community more narrowly as a group of individuals who share similar career interests or aspirations and where one can receive direct or indirect customized benefits through the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and resources. Theoretical and practical implications with future research opportunities have been recommended for researchers and practitioners in higher education.