Employability: Short Term and Long Term

11 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2015

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Annapoorna Naik

Alva's College, Mangalore University

Ratnakar Ambig

Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) - Anjuman Institute of Technology and Management (AITM), Bhatkal

Date Written: March 26, 2015


In a competitive, culturally diverse and increasingly internationalized workplace students cannot any longer assume that possession of a tertiary degree will naturally lead to employment. There has been a shift in the mindset of employers, who now seek to employ graduates with “employability” skills and attributes in addition to traditional expertise within their discipline. At first glance this appears to have placed an additional burden on universities in preparing students to be active citizens and engaged leaders, both within their chosen field. This paper discusses the project we embarked upon to compare the skills and attributes that employers consider most desirable with those traditionally required for academic success. We sought to determine to what degree these two skill sets can co-exist in units of study and found that have the same underlying principles as, traditional academic skills. By considering these principles we believe it is possible to design learning experiences that support the development of both sets of skills and to embed such learning experiences in the content and teaching of discipline-specific courses, thus developing employability skills while maintaining academic rigor. This will help students meet the twin goals of obtaining a tertiary degree and maximizing their employability potential

Keywords: Employability Skills, Academic Skills, Employ Graduates, Tertiary Degree

Suggested Citation

Naik, Annapoorna and Ambig, Ratnakar, Employability: Short Term and Long Term (March 26, 2015). Nitte University, Fourth International Conference on Higher Education: Special Emphasis on Management Education, December 29-30 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2585502 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2585502

Annapoorna Naik (Contact Author)

Alva's College, Mangalore University ( email )

Karnataka, 574225

Ratnakar Ambig

Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) - Anjuman Institute of Technology and Management (AITM), Bhatkal

Anjumanabad, Bhatkal-581320

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