A collaborative framework for enhancing graduate employability

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Disruptive technologies, emerging global markets, and uncertain workforce requirements are driving the need for skilled graduates. This research developed a framework for collaboration between stakeholders to ensure work ready graduates and sustained economic growth. A mixed-methods, multiple case study research design was deployed to gather data from graduates, employers, staff, students, and professional body representatives across three disciplines. The Australian course experience questionnaire generated 476 graduate responses and 1,175 comments. The graduate employability surveys collected responses from 88 graduates, 51 employers and 34 teaching staff. SPSS and Excel functions were used for quantitative data analysis and NVivo for thematic analysis.A cross-case analysis of the three case studies revealed consistency in stakeholder perceptions of domains perceived as important for graduate employability with collaborative partnerships emerging as integral to actualizing the domains. Findings from this research challenge conventional university approaches to brokering and maintaining partnerships and suggests a holistic engagement framework for stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-111
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Work-integrated Learning
Volume20
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2019

Fingerprint

employability
graduate
stakeholder
employer
SPSS
research planning
data analysis
economic growth
staff
questionnaire
university
market
experience

Cite this

@article{385ade89594c42278e7df4852b0ea198,
title = "A collaborative framework for enhancing graduate employability",
abstract = "Disruptive technologies, emerging global markets, and uncertain workforce requirements are driving the need for skilled graduates. This research developed a framework for collaboration between stakeholders to ensure work ready graduates and sustained economic growth. A mixed-methods, multiple case study research design was deployed to gather data from graduates, employers, staff, students, and professional body representatives across three disciplines. The Australian course experience questionnaire generated 476 graduate responses and 1,175 comments. The graduate employability surveys collected responses from 88 graduates, 51 employers and 34 teaching staff. SPSS and Excel functions were used for quantitative data analysis and NVivo for thematic analysis.A cross-case analysis of the three case studies revealed consistency in stakeholder perceptions of domains perceived as important for graduate employability with collaborative partnerships emerging as integral to actualizing the domains. Findings from this research challenge conventional university approaches to brokering and maintaining partnerships and suggests a holistic engagement framework for stakeholders.",
keywords = "Employability, Case studies, partnerships Higher Education",
author = "Sonia Ferns and Vaille Dawson and Christine Howitt",
year = "2019",
month = "8",
day = "10",
language = "English",
volume = "20",
pages = "99--111",
journal = "Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education",
issn = "1175-2882",
publisher = "Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education",
number = "2",

}

A collaborative framework for enhancing graduate employability. / Ferns, Sonia; Dawson, Vaille; Howitt, Christine.

In: International Journal of Work-integrated Learning, Vol. 20, No. 2, 10.08.2019, p. 99-111.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - A collaborative framework for enhancing graduate employability

AU - Ferns, Sonia

AU - Dawson, Vaille

AU - Howitt, Christine

PY - 2019/8/10

Y1 - 2019/8/10

N2 - Disruptive technologies, emerging global markets, and uncertain workforce requirements are driving the need for skilled graduates. This research developed a framework for collaboration between stakeholders to ensure work ready graduates and sustained economic growth. A mixed-methods, multiple case study research design was deployed to gather data from graduates, employers, staff, students, and professional body representatives across three disciplines. The Australian course experience questionnaire generated 476 graduate responses and 1,175 comments. The graduate employability surveys collected responses from 88 graduates, 51 employers and 34 teaching staff. SPSS and Excel functions were used for quantitative data analysis and NVivo for thematic analysis.A cross-case analysis of the three case studies revealed consistency in stakeholder perceptions of domains perceived as important for graduate employability with collaborative partnerships emerging as integral to actualizing the domains. Findings from this research challenge conventional university approaches to brokering and maintaining partnerships and suggests a holistic engagement framework for stakeholders.

AB - Disruptive technologies, emerging global markets, and uncertain workforce requirements are driving the need for skilled graduates. This research developed a framework for collaboration between stakeholders to ensure work ready graduates and sustained economic growth. A mixed-methods, multiple case study research design was deployed to gather data from graduates, employers, staff, students, and professional body representatives across three disciplines. The Australian course experience questionnaire generated 476 graduate responses and 1,175 comments. The graduate employability surveys collected responses from 88 graduates, 51 employers and 34 teaching staff. SPSS and Excel functions were used for quantitative data analysis and NVivo for thematic analysis.A cross-case analysis of the three case studies revealed consistency in stakeholder perceptions of domains perceived as important for graduate employability with collaborative partnerships emerging as integral to actualizing the domains. Findings from this research challenge conventional university approaches to brokering and maintaining partnerships and suggests a holistic engagement framework for stakeholders.

KW - Employability

KW - Case studies

KW - partnerships Higher Education

M3 - Article

VL - 20

SP - 99

EP - 111

JO - Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education

JF - Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education

SN - 1175-2882

IS - 2

ER -