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Title: Employability Skills in Health Services Management: perceptions of recent graduates
Contributor(s): Messum, D G (author); Wilkes, L M (author); Jackson, Debra  (author); Peters, K (author)
Publication Date: 2016
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Abstract: 'Background': Employer skill requirements of graduates are monitored by Graduate Careers Australia, but health services management (HSM) specific employability skills (ES) perceived by graduates to be important on the job and their perceptions of skills they need to improve are not well reported. Academics need this feedback to improve course employment outcomes by helping current students identify and articulate appropriate competencies to potential employers. Also teaching of industry requirements can help improve job matching for employers. 'Method': Recent graduates working in HSM in New South Wales, Australia were surveyed to rate ES for importance and rate their own skill levels on the same items. The gap between these two ratings was identified for 44 ES. 'Results': ES important to recent graduates in rank order were: verbal communication skills, integrity and ethical conduct, time management, teamwork, priority setting, ability to work independently, organisational skills, written communication, being flexible and open minded and networking. Highest self-ratings were found for integrity and ethical conduct, ability to work independently, being flexible and open minded, tertiary qualifications, interpersonal skills, written communication skills, time management, life-long learning, priority setting and administration skills. Generally graduates rated their skills lower than their ratings of importance. 'Conclusions': Recent graduates can provide valuable feedback to universities about ES required for HSM positions and identify their own skill gaps for development at work or through study. Generic skills rather than job-specific skills are what they rate as most important. Closer engagement of universities and employers is recommended especially through placements.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 11(1), p. 25-32
Publisher: Australian College of Health Service Management
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 2204-3136
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920210 Nursing
920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200307 Nursing
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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