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Graduates’ perceptions of transferable personal skills and future career preparation in the UK

Ghulam R. Nabi (Department of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
David Bagley (Career Development Unit, Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 February 1998



A sample of 1996 undergraduate students from the University of Central Lancashire were surveyed soon after graduation. Responses were obtained from 143 graduates of the University from an initial census of 315 (45 per cent) drawn from six departments. Although the initial purpose of the survey was to assess the usefulness of survey methodology as a means of assessing graduates’ skills development, the research also addressed a number of key questions relating to the importance and quality of graduates’ generic transferable skills and competencies. Basic findings in terms of skills development are threefold: (a) graduates tend to rate the importance of particular skills more highly than their own ability in those skills, (b) graduates tend to rate their level of ability lowest in IT skills and highest in their ability to work without supervision, and (c) that there are possible differences between the views of males and females. The research has implications for undergraduates, employers and careers advisers. Furthermore, academic departments facing teaching quality assessment might find that this approach offers useful evidence for their self assessment.



Nabi, G.R. and Bagley, D. (1998), "Graduates’ perceptions of transferable personal skills and future career preparation in the UK", Career Development International, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 31-39.




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