We’re sleepwalking into a crisis. There is much talk of the ‘lost generation’ of frustrated, angry, debt-ridden 20-somethings with diminishing career prospects. Yet employers continue to wring their hands as they pore over inadequate job applications or realise they’ve hired graduates with little grasp of what the world of work actually requires of them.
So can you bottle employability? And whose job is it to teach it? Universities are being urged to play a more pivotal role as nurturers of self-aware ‘can-doers’, not just of learned scholars. After all, employability stats are fast becoming a decision-making factor for many parents and prospective students. Perhaps the buck actually stops with employers who have a responsibility to offer more and better internships, apprenticeships and other forms of work experience and to nurture those students and graduates in a way which prepares them better for any type of work.
The long-term problem is the increasing under-employment of talented, capable young adults who are treading water in very limited roles. Graduates are typically heading for a working life of 10,000 days; who’d want to spend them in the wrong job, wondering what the right job would even be?
‘Career’ employers say that they want to recruit candidates who are more self-aware, who understand exactly what they have to offer their chosen industry and how to offer it. But you can’t deliver this material effectively online or out of books.
So where do you start? We can’t ignore the importance of translating education into meaningful skills and capabilities for the workplace and thousands of graduates need more practical ways to help themselves become the model employee. They need access to from some form of employability guidance, but there’s not a great deal on offer…
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Employability is based on a set of individual characteristics. It is not equivalent to employment, but rather a prerequisite for (gainful) employment. It pertains to someone’s relative ability to obtain and maintain gainful employment, as well as make successful transitions from one job to the next, either within the same company or field or to … Continue reading »
Universities / Employability / Professional experience and interpersonal skills are the biggest areas of improvement for graduates
The Global Employability Survey is an online survey conducted amongst recruiters in 20 countries worldwide with the objective of determining what makes the ideal graduate on a longer term. The survey focuses on the following subjects: What qualities should the ideal graduate have? What qualities make a graduate more employable in the long run? Which … Continue reading »
“Many employers still feel that graduates are missing key skills when they leave university. We take a look at some of the ways MathWorks is collaborating with universities to bridge the skills gap between education and industry.” writes Keri Allan in Bridging the skills gap on eandt.theiet.org. “Mathworks works closely with both universities and industry as its computational tools, which include MATLAB and Simulink, are … Continue reading »
Employability has become a familiar and commonplace term, used by employers and the media in the post economic-crisis job market. But what does “employability” actually mean and what is its relevance for school leavers? Employability refers to a person’s ability to secure a job, to remain employed, and to progress and perform well in their … Continue reading »
History Degree | Employability : History students consider that degree provides important transferable skills
In his report International Students in History: A Comparative Study of First-Year Transition, 2009-2010, M.H.Beals surveys students on the impact of their higher education in History on their employability. Students were asked about whether or not their history degree would help them to get a job after graduation, either indirectly or directly. The Indirect Value of a … Continue reading »
The Centre for Employment Studies Research – CESR’s Review present in its January issue (downloadable), Nick Wilton which deciphers for his reader the different meaning of employability. “The term ‘employability’ has gradually permeated the national consciousness, increasingly used across a variety of policy areas including higher education, social welfare and public finance. However, despite its … Continue reading »