While employers are one of the most important stakeholders of universities, there is limited research in Australia on employer satisfaction with the quality of university graduates and on the key capabilities of early career graduates for employers in various professions. Such research is critical as governments in many countries are enhancing quality assurance of higher education with a focus on academic standards and the extent to which student have achieved learning outcomes. This paper outlines the findings of a survey undertaken in 2004 and 2008 in a large Australian university with 400 graduate employers and professional associations on their satisfaction with university graduates with respect to the key capabilities of early career graduates. The paper also looks at the employer’s views about the key skills and attributes needed in early career graduates to meet changing industry trends in various professions.
|Title of host publication||Developing student skills for the next decade: Proceedings of the 20th Annual Teaching Learning Forum|
|Editors||Roger Atkinson, Clare McBeath|
|Place of Publication||Perth|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||20th Annual Teaching Learning Forum - Perth, Australia|
Duration: 1 Feb 2011 → 2 Feb 2011
|Conference||20th Annual Teaching Learning Forum|
|Period||1/02/11 → 2/02/11|
Shah, M., & Nair, C. (2011). Employer satisfaction of university graduates: Key capabilities in early career graduates. In R. Atkinson, & C. McBeath (Eds.), Developing student skills for the next decade: Proceedings of the 20th Annual Teaching Learning Forum (Vol. 0, pp. 1-10). Perth: TL Forum.