Preparing graduates for the world of competition: A normative role of higher education
Afifa Ibrahim, Ajaz A Mistree
Employability is high on the educational and political agenda; engaging students and employers with employability remains a challenge and defining what is meant by employability is as much of an issue today as it was 30 years ago. Much of it comes as a challenge to the young graduates who fail to inculcate the skills that are related and included in employability. There is inequality in terms of support and provisions for enhancing their employability quotient from their institutions. Without having enough employability skills, it will be more challenging for the economy to achieve its productivity goals, individuals will find it harder to obtain and progress in work and many other important issues related to lack of skills will crop up. It is no longer sufficient for a graduate to have academic subject knowledge only in today’s challenging economic situation but it is increasingly important for students to gain employability skills that would enhance their prospects of employment. Graduates should be proactive and should effectively make transitions in the world of work and manage their careers. Higher education is expected to inculcate values and skills of employability among students. Higher education system can play an active role for development of career management skills which have been overlooked. All this would ultimately build graduate employability which is considered to be a key influence on economic growth in the global knowledge economy. The present study aims to make the concept of employability enhancement much clearer by extensive literature on the subject and also the expected role of higher education in preparing graduates for the world of work.
Afifa Ibrahim, Ajaz A Mistree. Preparing graduates for the world of competition: A normative role of higher education. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 5, 2017, Pages 371-374