This study aims to investigate the various competencies a graduate should hold to prepare them for graduate building surveying roles from employers’ perspective.
This study uses a sequential exploratory mixed-method approach by informing a quantitative study with the finding from a qualitative study.
Based on exploratory factor analysis, the study found that 13 essential competencies are valued by the employers when recruiting building surveying graduates, as they are requisites for effective job performance. Personal management skills, technical surveying knowledge and knowledge of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor standards are the essential competencies based on the level of variance extracted by the three components. Other competency categories include client management skills, being goal-driven and self-motivated, optimistic personality traits, strong mental resilience, building maintenance and management knowledge and time management skills, among others that are explained in the paper.
The essential competencies were dependent on maintaining a balance between knowledge, skills and personality-based competencies. Measures and approaches for gaining the essential competencies, as well as their level of significance, are further discussed. The study will be of significant benefits to employers of graduate building surveyors, academic institutions that are seeking to improve their graduate employability, as well as students who are preparing for the world of work.
Zaheer, M.I., Ajayi, S.O., Zulu, S.L., Oyegoke, A. and Kazemi, H. (2020), "Understanding the key competencies of market-ready building surveying graduates from employers’ perspectives", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-01-2020-0012Download as .RIS
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