Employer satisfaction of university graduates: Key capabilities in early career graduates

Mahsood Shah, Chenicheri Nair

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDeveloping student skills for the next decade: Proceedings of the 20th Annual Teaching Learning Forum
    EditorsRoger Atkinson, Clare McBeath
    Place of PublicationPerth
    PublisherTL Forum
    Pages1-10
    Number of pages10
    Volume0
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event20th Annual Teaching Learning Forum - Perth, Australia
    Duration: 1 Feb 20112 Feb 2011

    Conference

    Conference20th Annual Teaching Learning Forum
    CountryAustralia
    CityPerth
    Period1/02/112/02/11

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    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.