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Title: Employers’ and graduates’ outlook on the world of work : different perspectives?
Authors: Mifsud, Marius
Keywords: Career development -- Malta
Vocational qualifications -- Malta
University graduates -- Employment -- Malta
Labor market -- Malta
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: A persistent problem that is of major concern all over Europe, including Malta, is the level of youth unemployment. Although most people are aware of this, many fail to realise that University graduates are not spared from unemployment spells. As such, this study aims to fill in our understanding about the graduate world, by comparing and contrasting Maltese graduates‟ and employers‟ world of work views, and observing whether a significant gap exists, and if it does, what steps can be taken to reduce this gap. To carry out this study, a number of interviews were conducted with final-year university students, and employers or their representatives from the industry. The results indicated that despite a number of similarities, a significant gap exists between the skills and competencies that graduates acquire at university, and the skills and competencies that employers expect. From the findings it was deduced that the main factors that are causing this mismatch are the lack of cooperation between the University of Malta and private organisations, and the fact that university graduates lack the experience required to enter the labour market. This implies that educational institutions are becoming inefficient in providing graduates with the required set of skills. As a result, organisations are struggling to develop fresh graduates into employees that meet their expected standards. Such factors are damaging fresh graduates‟ chances of finding the level of employment that meets their expectations.
Description: B.COM.(HONS)MANGT.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/13522
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacEma - 2016
Dissertations - FacEMAMAn - 2016

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