Employers often feel university graduates are unprepared for working life. As such, a new research project is seeking employer views on the skills they want to see from future business graduates.
Researchers from James Cook University are investigating this gap in needs versus delivered skills, and have launched a survey for employers to share their views.
The survey is being led by Dr Breda McCarthy from JCU’s College of Business, Law & Governance. She says they are particularly interested in sustainability issues in business.
“We think that future graduates will be expected to negotiate with multiple stakeholders, who often have competing demands and different views on the environment,” she says.
“Sustainability is not simply about big, global issues. It is also about local issues that people are grappling with on a daily basis. For instance, the slowdown in the resources industry has had an unmistakable impact on Queensland’s economy, so economic sustainability is at the forefront of people’s minds.”
Participants in the 15-minute survey have the chance to win a gift basket from the Biome Eco Store valued at $150.
The link to the survey is available here.