ERIC Number: EJ1124219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Graduate Employability and Communication Competence: Are Undergraduates Taught Relevant Skills?
Clokie, Trish L.; Fourie, Elna
Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, v79 n4 p442-463 Dec 2016
This research establishes the role of communication education in employability by determining how employers of graduates view communication, identifying communication skills that employers view as relevant, and establishing whether these skills are included in communication courses. To achieve these aims, local businesses were surveyed, and the results were compared with communication course descriptors. The research shows, consistent with worldwide trends, that local employers value communication competencies highly when recruiting new graduates, and specific communication skills required in an industry reflect course content. However, some skills are still lacking, and the research questions where the responsibility lies in developing these skills.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Graduates, Undergraduate Students, Employment Potential, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Communication, Transfer of Training, Job Skills, Employer Attitudes, Communicative Competence (Languages), Business Skills, Skill Development, Occupational Surveys, Online Surveys, Business Communication, Writing Skills, Entry Workers, Introductory Courses, Required Courses
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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