ERIC Number: ED332569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: 0
Classics in the Market Place: An Independent Research Study on Attitudes to the Employment of Classics Graduates.
Council of Univ. Classical Departments.
This study examined employers' attitudes to recruiting Classics graduates with the primary aim of determining employers' criteria when recruiting graduates and of assessing how far Classics graduates matched these criteria. Sixteen employers of Classics graduates from a cross-section of blue-chip organizations in industry, commerce and the public sector were interviewed to describe the qualities they looked for in recruiting Classics graduates. Five specially selected classicists and career advisers were also included to provide further perspectives on the problem area. Findings of the study revealed the following: (1) employers were interested in recruiting graduates from any discipline provided candidates were "bright people" who possessed good oral and written communication, interpersonal and managerial skills, numeracy skills and commercial flair; (2) personality factors employers required of Classics graduates were drive, determination, tenacity, commitment, energy, adaptability, creativity and common sense; (3) several employers expressed the view that Classics graduates would be particularly good in service industries, especially the computer industry. It was concluded that, although there is competiton from the more vocationally-oriented graduates, Classics graduates can hold their own in the knowledge that their discipline develops many qualities which employers are looking for, and a breadth of view which few other disciplines can provide. (LPT)
Descriptors: Business Skills, Classical Literature, Employer Attitudes, Employment, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Employment Statistics, Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Job Skills, Labor Market, Majors (Students), Occupational Information
Council of University Classical Departments, Department of Classics, University of Exeter, Queen's Building, Exeter EX4 4QH, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Univ. Classical Departments.
Identifiers: Classicists; United Kingdom