Joe Gazdula. Closing the Loop; Employer perceptions of graduates employability skills gained from real world projects. Session Outline. This session looks at the effect of real world enterprise projects on graduate employer perceptions
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Closing the Loop; Employer perceptions of graduates employability skills gained from real world projects
“...having a set of skills, knowledge understanding and personal attributes that make a person more likely to choose and secure occupations in which they can be satisfied and successful” (Dacre et al, 2007, p. 280)
‘the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to apply creative ideas and innovations to practical solutions,’
‘initiative, independence, creativity,
problem solving, identifying and working on opportunities,’ leadership, acting
resourcefully and responding to challenges’
(Rea 2007 p.611)
Surveys suggest that employers value skills of leadership and team working, communication and presentation skills, and business awareness, for example, but that they experience difficulties in recruiting graduates with these skills (CIPD, 2006; AGR, 2003).
But still the skills gap persists for employers
We asked 6 major regional graduate education employers about the type of skills they would pick up on the projects we have called ‘Real World Problem Solving’
If the graduates would benefit from having better employability skills through doing the real world problem solving projects we had described
This is what they said
Presentation skills (These finding need to be tempered as some employers representatives took the meaning to be personal presentation only and others actual presentations)