What Does Graduate Employability ' Ge? Matter? Governments, Employers, Students, Graduates, And Heis

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To what extent does graduate employability ‘GE’ matter to governments, employers, students, graduates, and HEIs?

Globally, governments become under pressure to create more jobs and to find strategies to reduce unemployment levels among their nationals; especially graduates. Therefore, it is believed that GE has become a fundamental goal for education decision makers and a performance indicator for the effectiveness of HEIs (Tymon, 2013). In different contexts, government policy urges that employability should be addressed in HE curriculum to foster the valued skills and abilities needed in the labour market due to high competitive job market among graduates themselves and the changes in education market needs.
Scholars (e.g. Brown et al., 2004; Tomlinson 2008) argue that employer’s expectations have been changed due to high number of students graduating from HEIs and also they view the education degree as a prerequisite for a position. Employers consider graduates’ attributes and work-related skills and knowledge much important that their academic degree (Branine, 2008). According to Melink and Pavlin (2012), employers expect HEIs to prepare students, for short and long term jobs, adequately.
Due to the few studies that have explored their opinions on their future employability and how much extent it matters to them, students’ perspective has been viewed as the missing perspective (Tymon, 2013). Rae (2007) thought that employability skills development is less appreciated…

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