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The Employability Of Graduates In Competitive Organisations

Author(s): Dr. Abdul Farouk Ahmed

Journal: Business Intelligence Journal
ISSN 1918-2325

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 288;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Employability | Graduates | Competitive | Organisations

This paper attempts to clarify the employability construct as it relates to competitive organisation. The major purpose of the paper is in promoting awareness of the need for curriculum reform directed at improving employability of graduates. Unemployment of graduates or underemployment of university graduates is a gross waste that no nation can afford. Past studies have focused in identifying the reasons for the large unemployment of graduates. Jobstreet, a Malaysian employment agency conducted a survey of human resource personnel and bosses in 2005, and they reported that the major reasons for unemployment in Malaysia were: · Weak English - 56% · Bad Social Etiquette - 36% · Demand too much pay - 32% · Degrees not relevant - 30% · Fresh graduates too choosy - 23% · No vacancies - 14% In Nigeria, Tim Akano, Chief Executive Officer of New Horizon Training Institute, told BusinessDay, an interview in Lagos, that the high rate of unemployment was because of the lack of appropriate skilled manpower to fill job vacancies. He said there are people changing jobs almost every four months whereas others have been looking for jobs since the last five years. He reasoned that this was so because of the type of skills they have. He pointed out that there was a mismatch between what tertiary institutions produce and what employers need. Even in UK, it has been reported that there are mismatchs between what industry needs and what graduates are qualified in. One - in - 12 graduates from courses, including fine arts, drama, dance and music were not in work or further study six months after leaving university (Graeme Paton, Education Editor -3rd July 2008). The curriculum reform recommendations of the paper are based on the experiments of R.E.Boyatizis and his aasociates in the Weatherhead School of Management (WSOM) at Case western Reserve University (l980) and the Princples of Andragogy defined by Knowles (1986).
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