Evaluating Employability Skills: Employer and Student Perceptions

  title={Evaluating Employability Skills: Employer and Student Perceptions},
  author={V. A. Saunders and Katherine A. Zuzel},
  journal={Bioscience Education},
  pages={1 - 15}
Abstract Graduate employability is a key issue for Higher Education. In this two-part study student employability skills have been evaluated from the perspective of sandwich students and graduates in biomolecular science, and their employers. A strong correlation was found between employer and sandwich student/graduate perceptions of the relative priorities amongst employability skills. Skills such as enthusiasm, dependability and team-working scored higher than subject knowledge skills, whilst… Expand
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