Soft skills and graduate employability: Evidence from Malaysian tracer study

Mohd Basir, Nora and Zubairi, Yong Zulina and Jani, Rohana and Abdul Wahab, Diana (2022) Soft skills and graduate employability: Evidence from Malaysian tracer study. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 30 (4). 1975 – 1989. ISSN 0128-7702, DOI

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Recent trends in graduate employment have raised concerns among higher education providers and other stakeholders. Issues concerning the soft skills gap have been constantly raised so that industries and universities can adopt various initiatives to address this situation. In addition, employment has shifted from production to service, increasing the importance of soft skills. This study aims to map graduates’ soft skills and employment status after graduation. The Ministry of Higher Education repository was used to select 100,413 first-degree graduates who had completed their studies. Logistic regression analysis created the graduate employability predictive model, which yielded a 77 accuracy. The findings show that 85.5 of graduates were employed during data collection. The predictive model suggests that graduate employability status is affected by factors such as gender, family income, the field of study, MUET, CGPA, internship, entrepreneurship course, working experience, communication skills, analytical skills, teamwork, positive values, and general knowledge. © Universiti Putra Malaysia Press.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Universiti Malaya, BKS005-2019
Additional Information: Cited by: 0; All Open Access, Hybrid Gold Open Access
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employability; Graduate; Higher education; Logistic regression; Soft skills
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2023 05:48
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2023 05:48

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