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ERIC Number: EJ1086016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
Employer Demands from Business Graduates
McMurray, Stephen; Dutton, Matthew; McQuaid, Ronald; Richard, Alec
Education & Training, v58 n1 p112-132 2016
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to report on research carried out with employers to determine demand for business and management skills in the Scottish workforce. Design/methodology/approach: The research used a questionnaire in which employers were interviewed (either telephone or face to face), completed themselves and returned by e-mail, or completed an online survey. In total, 71 employers took part in the study. Findings: The research found that the factors which are most important to employers when recruiting graduates were; personal attitude, employability skills, relevant work experience and degree result. The most important transferable skills to employers when recruiting graduates were; trustworthiness, reliability, motivation, communication skills and a willingness to learn. Social implications: The paper shows the importance of graduates developing excellent job searching skills, high-quality work experience and developing business courses to enhance students' employability and better meet employers' wants. Originality/value: The paper is timely given the introduction of Key Information Sets. The provision of such information will drive HEI to further develop students' employability to obtain graduate-level jobs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
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