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Employer demands from business graduates

McMurray, Stephen; Dutton, Matthew; McQuaid, Ronald W; Richard, Alec

Authors

Stephen McMurray

Ronald W McQuaid

Alec Richard



Abstract

This paper reports on research carried out with employers to determine demand for graduate business and management skills in the Scottish workforce.
The research found that the factors which were most important to employers when recruiting graduates, with a business school first degree, were: personal attitude, employability skills, relevant work experience, and degree result. The most important transferable skills to employers when recruiting graduates were: trustworthiness, reliability, motivation, communication skills and a willingness to learn.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 1, 2014
Publication Date Jan 11, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 18, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jan 11, 2016
Journal Education & Training
Print ISSN 0040-0912
Electronic ISSN 0040-0912
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 58
Issue 1
Pages 112-132
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/et-02-2014-0017
Keywords Employability; graduate; employment; skills; employers; students;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/9126
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ET-02-2014-0017
Contract Date Sep 18, 2015

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