Advances in Economics and Business Vol. 4(10), pp. 525 - 538
DOI: 10.13189/aeb.2016.041002
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Graduate Employability: A Gap between Perspectives - the Case of Croatia


Ljerka Sedlan Kőnig , Petra Mezulić Juric *, Tihana Koprivnjak
Faculty of Economics, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia

ABSTRACT

Awareness of the importance of higher education (HE) in the transition to a knowledge-based society is growing in Croatia and universities are increasingly required to produce employable graduates who have attributes, capabilities, knowledge and skills to work successfully, and are able to respond to the changing and complex needs of the labor market. This paper seeks to investigate and compare the importance of skills and attributes which enhance graduate employability, as well as their reception through higher education, from the perspective of employers, university teachers and senior students. The research has shown that students, university teachers and employers have a significantly different view regarding knowledge, skills and attributes important for employment, and the contribution of university teaching to the development of these skills, knowledge and attributes. In April 2015 a total of 340 surveys were collected (230 from senior students, 30 teachers at the Faculty of Economics in Osijek, and 80 employers from the region filled in the questionnaire). In analyzing data descriptive statistics and hypotheses testing are given. Mann-Whitney test is used to test the difference between two distributions, and Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA between three distributions.

KEYWORDS
Employability, Employers, University, Labor Market, Entrepreneurial Skills, Entrepreneurship Education

Cite this paper
Ljerka Sedlan Kőnig , Petra Mezulić Juric , Tihana Koprivnjak . "Graduate Employability: A Gap between Perspectives - the Case of Croatia." Advances in Economics and Business 4.10 (2016) 525 - 538. doi: 10.13189/aeb.2016.041002.