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This paper examines the attributes that would affect the capability of undergraduates in attaining employment. A quantitative online survey was carried out on 1008 business students from the employability skills programme in an Australian university. The research has found that the factors that significantly affects one's competence in employability skills are their gender, the region they are from, the amount of years they have worked, how developed their skills are, their years of study and lastly, the activities beyond their school and work life. The limitation of the study is that although the sample is based wholly on the Faculty of Business and Law, it would only represent a university in Australia, and not in any other university. Also, as self-reporting data was used, a high self-regard may affect the level of capability that they perceived they have. This article is useful for stakeholders to guide students on the significance of their employability skills. For instance, they may provide opportunities for the students by offering internship, providing networking opportunities with potential employers and other initiatives that can increase their employability. Overall, although this article is a useful research paper in understanding the attributes that affects employability, more research would need to be done to understand whether business graduates are work-ready. (Author credential) Denise Jackson is the Director Work-Integrated Learning in the School of Business and Law. Denise is also a National Board Member and WA State Chair for Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), the national association for WIL. She is an Editorial Board Member for a number of higher education journals.
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Spence, Sue, and Denis Hyams-Ssekasi. "Developing Business Students’ Employability Skills through Working in Partnership with a Local Business to Deliver an Undergraduate Mentoring Programme." Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning 5, no. 3 (2015): 299-314. doi:10.1108/heswbl-07-2014-0034. The paper examines effective ways to engage local businesses to improve the attributes of students to make them more employable. The study is on a mentoring collaboration between a local business, Exel Partnership, and students from the Higher education (HE) programme in a school in the North West of England. 22 business management degree students in their final year and 20 senior managers from Exel were chosen as mentees and mentors respectively for the study. The students were chosen from a pool of students who were identified as those who would benefit from the programme; they were asked to provide their resume and career plans and share their expectation from joining the mentoring programme. For the employees, they had to submit their career profile and share on what they have to offer to the programme as a mentor . and the employees are those who had volunteered to support this initiative. These two groups of participants were then paired up based on their individual personalities, their style of learning, their morals and
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