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Type: Journal article
Title: "I wish for more than I ever get": employers' perspectives on employability attributes of architecture graduates
Author: Shannon, S.
Citation: Creative Education, 2012; 3(06):1016-1023
Publisher: Scientific Research Publishing, Inc
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 2151-4755
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Susan J. Shannon
Abstract: This research considers graduate recruitment for architecture graduates. Emloyers in small, medium and large Australian firms, from the private and public sector were surveyed about their graduate hiring practices. Through distiling the discipline specific Graduate Attributes for their Universities, the researcher compiled a questionnaire which was administered to prospective employers of architecture graduates. The results reveal that the possession of technical knowledge is more highly rated as a Graduate Attribute in recruitment than the possession of design knowledge/skills, and that the possession of Computer Aided Design (CAD) respresentation skills is more important to graduate recruiters of all firm sizes than either technical or design knowledge and skills. The research further revealed that the presentation of a portfolio is a key recruitment tool for employers, and that the demonstration of team work is a highly valued generic attribute for employers.
Keywords: Architecture graduates; employability; graduate attributes; portfolio; team work
Rights: Copyright © 2012 SciRes.
RMID: 0020125879
DOI: 10.4236/ce.2012.326153
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