‘I am competent so I can be choosy’: choosiness and its implication on graduate employability

Jayasingam, Sharmila and Fujiwara, Yuji and Thurasamy, Ramayah (2018) ‘I am competent so I can be choosy’: choosiness and its implication on graduate employability. Studies in Higher Education, 43 (7). pp. 1119-1134. ISSN 0307-5079, DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2016.1221918.

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Employability is always used as a measure to gauge the value of graduates. Hence, most past studies attempted to identify competencies that can enhance the level of employability of graduates today. While these past studies found some competencies to be more important than others, the influence of graduate’s attitude, mainly their level of choosiness were not given due consideration. Therefore, this research sets out to determine how choosiness influences the relationship between competencies and employability. We conducted a field experiment with 244 Human Resources executives with considerable experience in employee recruitment and selection. Naturally, highly competent graduates were considered more employable than their less competent counterparts. However, the level of graduate choosiness reduced their employability. Fundamentally, being choosy has a detrimental effect on graduates’ employability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employability; attitude; recent graduates; generic competences; choosiness
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2019 01:49
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2019 01:49
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/21741

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