Graduation skills required for professional & managerial positions

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With recent concerns that graduates are lacking work-ready skills this study examines this debate as it applies to graduate quests for professional and managerial positions

It has long been recognised that one of the key reasons for student enrolment in higher education and degree courses is the desire to secure a qualification that will improve their opportunity for career development and, eventually, lead to their securing a professional or managerial position post-graduation (Arnold 1997; Baruch 2006). In 2007, a report by the UN (2007), classified these positions as being related to “occupations concerned with the theoretical or practical aspects of such fields of human endeavour as art, science, engineering, education, medicine, law, business and economics and administrative, managerial and technical work”. Yet increasing numbers of employers argue that many graduates do not possess the appropriate skills to be considered for these positions.