Graduate employability in Science: Academics' perceptions

Mahbub Sarkar, Tina Overton, Christopher Thompson, Gerard Rayner

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


Graduate employability is a key issue for higher education as new graduates face a highly competitive and rapidly changing employment sector. To maximise their likelihood of employment, graduates need to be able to demonstrate the skills and attributes most valued by employers. Employers, however, have long criticised the ability of graduates to contribute effectively to the workplace, especially due to a perceived lack of generic skills. This indicates a mismatch between the skills required by employers and those possessed by graduate applicants.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2017
EventAustralian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2017 - Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 27 Sep 201729 Sep 2017
Conference number: 22nd


ConferenceAustralian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2017
Abbreviated titleACSME 2017
OtherThe Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) is for tertiary science and mathematics educators to share ideas and keep up to date.

This conference encompasses biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences, health sciences, information technology, learning and cognitive sciences, mathematics and statistics, molecular and microbial sciences, physics and psychology as well as the various fields of the applied sciences.
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