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Enhancing graduates’employability skills: A Malaysian case

Islam, Rafikul and Abdul Hamid, Mohd Shukri and Abd. Manaf, Noor Hazilah (2013) Enhancing graduates’employability skills: A Malaysian case. In: Academy of International Business (MENA) : Third Annual Conference 2013, 12-14 January, 2013, Cairo, Egypt.

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In an era of globalization and competitiveness, employers are looking for versatile graduates who are able to drive their organizations to compete successfully in the market. Now-a-days, obtaining a good degree is no longer sufficient for getting a job. Graduates should equip themselves, not only with technical skills, but more importantly with soft skills. The main objectives of this study are to identify Malaysian graduates’ employability skills, to identify the priority of each skill and to highlight the gap between the importance of graduates’ employability skills to employers and their satisfaction on that skill. In general, the results of the gap analysis showed that employers perceive graduates’ employability skills performance as being lower than the importance assigned to those skills. The widest gap was found in communication skills, especially the skill of the English language usage. Using the Importance-Performance Analysis (IPA), 13 attributes fell into the improvement quadrant (concentrated here). This means that improvement efforts and corrective actions must be taken to improve employers’ overall satisfaction.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: 2887/28680
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employability skills, Importance-Performance Analysis (IPA), Higher education in Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Business Administration
Depositing User: Rafikul Islam
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 13:06
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 16:19
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/28680

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