The Supply-side Context of Graduates’ Employability: A Case Study of Malaysian Information and Communication Technology Graduates

By Suriyani Muhamad.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The notion of employability is constantly being used in several contexts and has an array of meanings. One of the common definitions is related to the individual’s employability skills and attributes and is closely associated with the employers’ requirement. Currently, there are increasing concerns on skills shortages to fulfill important positions, particularly at the high skills level. Generally, the skills shortage is not only confined to specialised technical skills; it also includes behavioural as well as personal skills and attributes. In other words, these too can be termed transferable skills. Employers underlined the lacking of transferable skills as one of the factors which contributed to the employability problem among graduates. Though, a lot of the current studies focused on the demand side (employers) rather than supply side, employees itself. Hence, the study focused on the employees perspectives by conducting a survey to information and communication technology (ICT) graduates who have been in ICT sector for a several years. The aim of this study is to identify how far transferable skills are important in ICT graduates job profile. The study has confirmed the importance of transferable skills for employability of ICT graduates in Malaysia.

Keywords: Employability, Transferable Skills

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 10, pp.87-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.237MB).

Dr. Suriyani Muhamad

Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia


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