Employability Skill Development in Higher Education: Students' and Faculty Members' Perspectives

Emily Margaret Gregory
2020
Employability is one's ability to obtain and maintain employment, and employability skills are the skills that support this goal, such as working with others and communication. Government, employers, and students expect higher education institutions to prepare graduates for the world of work. However, there is a limited research on students' perspectives about their employability development through their academic programs. This mixed methods study embedded employability skills in three
more » ... ls in three academic courses in order to gain insight into both undergraduate students' and faculty members' perspectives on employability skill development in academic courses. Results demonstrate that employability is important to these students and that they expect it to be addressed in their academic programs. Students were aware of developing employability skills, but were less aware of the specific skills they possess and need to work on. The faculty members involved in the study addressed employability to differing degrees in their courses, yet each of them recognizes its importance to students. This study supports the development of employability initiatives in higher education and highlights that both students and faculty members can benefit from support in identifying and assessing the employability skills practiced in academic courses.
doi:10.7939/r3-21g7-fm68 fatcat:ubm4lnreq5dmhps2baisa7njsq