Employability Case Study

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Wilton, Nick. 2011. "Do employability skills really matter in the UK graduate labour market? The case of business and management graduates." Work, Employment & Society 25(1): 85-100. DOI: 10.1177/0950017010389244

The aim of this article is to address whether employability skills obtained by Business and Management (B&M) graduates is sufficient for employment. Wilton (2011) conducted a quantitative analysis based on a research which consisted of 8571 responses which 24% were widely spread across different majors. Which he then divided into three particulars groups to distinguish between generalist graduates, specialist graduates and individuals who combined a business education. The author was able to access “employability value-added’ of undergraduate
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The model is obtained from research based on employers’ perception on graduate performances based on certain skills and demographic variables. Jackson (2014) conducted a quantitative research by gathering 1008 results from online, showing that the model provides an essential contribution to the multifaceted concept of graduate employability, of which aptitude development forms an important part. The results of the research show a number of factors which includes sex, age, work experience, perception on the importance of perceived competence in employability skills. Which affected employability despite having a high competence in employability skills. However, the author also found some limitation of this research such as the examination uses understudies' self-surveyed evaluations to gauge the reliant variable of ability in certain employability skills. The author reaffirms that undergraduate competence in employability aptitudes isn't the sole responsibility of advanced education professionals. This model, hence, shows that while an undergraduate competence in employability aptitude impacts graduates’ skill outcome, it is not the sole factor, but acts as an underlying factor which can allow employers in seeing the bigger picture to make graduates work-prepared, and should have more research in this area. (211…show more content…
Studies highlighted that graduates are not work ready, and absence of some most essential abilities required for the cutting edge working environment which are referred to as the soft skills such as attitudes than degree qualification or university attended. Although advanced education institutions are expected to fill the gap and produce work-ready employees, 90% surveyed graduates are aware that work experience was the ideal approach to gain the aptitudes they required for work. This reflects employability is better and more easily developed outside of the formal curriculum. Thus, it is concluded that employability should be more concerned with longer-term quality and sustainability of graduate-level employment. However, some limitation of this research was identified. For example, using convenience sampling method of just one Post University will result in a captive sample result that may not be representative. Hence, further qualitative data collection methods such as focus groups would help to give deeper insight to enhance the work readiness of business students. (187

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