Fostering the employability of business studies graduates
Higher education is under pressure to enhance the employability of graduates by ensuring
that they acquire competencies that make them employable in the labour market. This
research project investigated the contribution of higher education towards the employability
of graduates within a business diploma programme. A Delphi approach was employed with
the Delphi panel consisting of three types of professionals – employers within the corporate
sector, academics in the field of business studies, and graduates with workplace experience
in the corporate sector. Both quantitative and qualitative data were obtained from three
rounds of surveys. The findings show that disciplinary knowledge of Information
Administration, Business Administration, Communication and Personnel Management, and
the simulation of workplace practices as well as work-integrated learning opportunities are
significant to enhancing the employability of office administrators and office managers.
These findings provided academics with the opportunity to make improvements to the
curriculum to foster the employability of the graduates.
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