Employment as a journey or a destination? Interpreting graduates’ and employers’ perceptions – a Malaysia case study

Cheong, Kee Cheok and Hill, Christopher and Leong, Yin Ching and Zhang, Chen (2018) Employment as a journey or a destination? Interpreting graduates’ and employers’ perceptions – a Malaysia case study. Studies in Higher Education, 43 (4). pp. 702-718. ISSN 0307-5079

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2016.1196351

Abstract

As human capital came to the fore in the discourse on economic growth, so too has the concepts of employment prospects and employability attributes as students transit to the labor market. This paper examines three issues in this transition in the context of Malaysia. These are, first, how important is employment prospects a consideration when students choose institutions to join and programs to pursue? Second, what is their understanding of the attributes needed for employability? Third, how well do students’ understanding of both concepts accord with how employers understand them? Using a combination of survey and face-to-face interviews, this study confirmed the considerable importance of both concepts in students’ study decisions. Their understanding was broadly congruent with that of employers. These findings have implications for students’ learning experiences, for the education system, and for policy-makers hoping for the human capital needed to make the leap from a middle-income to a high-income nation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: employability; employment prospects; student perceptions; education system; human capital
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Economics & Administration
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2019 01:58
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2019 01:58
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/22242

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