Graduate employability: Views of recent chemistry graduates

Mahbub Sarkar, Tina Overton, Christopher Thompson, Gerry Rayner

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Like many other countries, graduate employability is an important issue for higher education in Australia as there has been a significant decline over the past few years in the employment prospects of new graduates. This issue is additionally important due to the reported dissatisfaction of many employers with graduates’ ability to contribute effectively to the workplace. The Graduate Employability for Monash Science (GEMS) Project aims to explore the skills needs of recent Monash University science graduates and their employers and investigate how these can best be inculcated into Monash University undergraduate science curricula. While we have an understanding of what employers want from graduates, less is known how recent graduates view the usage of knowledge, skills and capabilities in the workplace and how well these were developed at university. Focusing on responses from graduates with a chemistry major, this paper will discuss: (a) if there is a mismatch between the knowledge and skills developed by chemistry graduates in their undergraduate study and those actually required in post-graduation activities, and (b) what they view the Monash University can do to better support employment for graduates. We will also discuss how we intend to reflect on the survey results and develop targeted interventions for Monash University chemistry undergraduate students that will enhance their employability in chemistry-based sectors beyond graduation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2016
EventBiennial Conference on Chemical Education 2016 - University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, United States of America
Duration: 31 Jul 20164 Aug 2016


ConferenceBiennial Conference on Chemical Education 2016
Abbreviated titleBCCE 2016
CountryUnited States of America

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