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ERIC Number: EJ923147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
Graduates', University Lecturers' and Employers' Perceptions towards Employability Skills
Wickramasinghe, Vathsala; Perera, Lasantha
Education & Training, v52 n3 p226-244 2010
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore employability skills that employers, university lecturers and graduates value to bring to the workplace, when graduates are applying for entry-level graduate jobs in the field of computer science in Sri Lanka. Design/methodology/approach: A total of three samples were selected for this exploratory study, namely, graduates, employers, and university lecturers. Three self-administered survey questionnaires were developed targeting the three groups. In addition to descriptive statistics, paired sample t-test, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and correlation analysis were used for the data analysis. Findings: The findings suggested that there are differences in the priorities given for employability skills by the four groups--male graduates, female graduates, employers, and university lecturers. Further, the findings suggest that employability skills are influenced by the gender of the graduates. Overall, the findings of the study could be used to assist universities, graduates, employers, and career advisers in applying strategic decisions in managing graduates' careers. Originality/value: Although a considerable amount of the literature addresses employability skills, much of the information is theoretical in nature and offers policy recommendations and prescriptive advice. Further, a majority of the research studies has primarily examined the experiences of a particular higher educational institute where remedial actions were taken to impart employability skills. The paper presents findings of a survey that investigated and compared employability skills that employers, university lecturers and graduates value to bring to the workplace when graduates are applying for entry-level graduate jobs. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sri Lanka