IS in Education, IS Curriculum & Teaching Cases (SIG ED)

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1587

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Being a significant stakeholder in the graduates’ employment outcomes, it is vital to understand employers’ perceptions of graduates’ work-readiness. However, existing information systems (IS) literature focuses mainly on the perceptions of students or universities. This paper aims to fill this gap by analysing scoping interviews conducted with graduate recruiters and industry experts in Australia regarding attributes that can improve graduates’ employment prospects in the information and communication technology industry. A preliminary investigation based on grounded theory identified three emergent themes from the data: behaviors, skills, and knowledge levels. Based on the findings, this study proposes an IS graduate work-readiness framework that can help universities to develop academic programs aimed at enhancing desirable skills and attitudes among IS graduates’ employment.

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Rethinking IS Graduates Work-readiness: Employers’ perspectives

Being a significant stakeholder in the graduates’ employment outcomes, it is vital to understand employers’ perceptions of graduates’ work-readiness. However, existing information systems (IS) literature focuses mainly on the perceptions of students or universities. This paper aims to fill this gap by analysing scoping interviews conducted with graduate recruiters and industry experts in Australia regarding attributes that can improve graduates’ employment prospects in the information and communication technology industry. A preliminary investigation based on grounded theory identified three emergent themes from the data: behaviors, skills, and knowledge levels. Based on the findings, this study proposes an IS graduate work-readiness framework that can help universities to develop academic programs aimed at enhancing desirable skills and attitudes among IS graduates’ employment.

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