ERIC Number: EJ1021758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Perceptions of the Software Skills of Graduates by Employers in the Financial Services Industry
Kyng, Tim; Tickle, Leonie; Wood, Leigh N.
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v44 n8 p1224-1238 2013
Software, particularly spreadsheet software, is ubiquitous in the financial services workplace. Yet little is known about the extent to which universities should, and do, prepare graduates for this aspect of the modern workplace. We have investigated this issue through a survey of financial services employers of graduates, the results of which are reported in this paper, as well as surveys of university graduates and academics, reported previously. Financial services employers rate software skills as important, would like their employees to be more highly skilled in the use of such software, and tend to prefer "on-the-job" training rather than university training for statistical, database and specialized actuarial/financial software. There is a perception among graduates that employers do not provide adequate formal workplace training in the use of technical software.
Descriptors: Financial Services, Employer Attitudes, Skill Analysis, Computer Software, College Graduates, Occupational Surveys, Spreadsheets, Online Surveys, Institutional Characteristics, Workplace Literacy, Job Training, Educational Needs, Foreign Countries
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Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia