Case studies to enhance graduate employability: Commercial employment enterprises

Linda H Crane, Shelley Kinash, Madelaine-Marie Judd, Cecily Knight, Matthew McLean, Kirsty Mitchell, David Dowling, Rosalind Schwerdt, Caroline Lovell

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Abstract

This is one in a series of case studies to enhance graduate employability. The theme of this case study is:

• Employability for-profit business endeavours

Graduate employability has traditionally been the sphere of higher education providers, employers and the students/ graduates seeking employment. However, as employment outcomes tighten and employers/higher education providers seek to maximise the effectiveness of their investment in strategies, it is important to consider the potential for other organisations to contribute to employability. An important consideration in this regard is the relatively recent emergence of commercial for-profit enterprises offering services to graduate job seekers and/ or employers. These typically take one of two forms or a combination of both. Most commonly, the services involve a range of psychometric testing to identify key strengths of individual job seekers measured against employability skills – this information can then assist the individual to identify and communicate those strengths and/or identify suitable career paths. Employers can use the tools to improve their recruitment strategies and identify internal staff development needs based on understanding the profiles of graduate employees.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherAustralian Government Office for Learning and Teaching
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978-1-76028-339-2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Crane, L. H., Kinash, S., Judd, M-M., Knight, C., McLean, M., Mitchell, K., ... Lovell, C. (2015). Case studies to enhance graduate employability: Commercial employment enterprises. Sydney: Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.