The Interplay of Employability Skills, Academic Achievement and Selected Demographic Variables among Undergraduate Students at the United Arab Emirates University
This study was an attempt to investigate the interplay of students’ employability skills and academic achievement of an undergraduate student population. A total of 446 randomly selected (98 males and 347 females) students participated in the study. Employability Skills Inventory (ESI, 2010) was used to identify student’s Employability Skills and academic achievement was determined by students GPA. Pearson Correlation, T-test, ANOVA and regression analysis were conducted to examine the relationships and differences between research variables. The results showed significant relationship between employability skills and student’s academic achievement and age. Significant differences were also identified between employability skills across selected demographic variables. In addition, regression analysis indicated that academic achievement, students’ gender, college, and residential area contributed significantly to the variance of their employability skills. The findings underscored the need for both university faculty and administrators to explore methods that can improve student’s employability skills required by employers in order to enhance their competitiveness in the labor market.
Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2017
- Date of Conference: 26-29 June, 2017
- DOI: 10.2053/CICE.2017.0140
- Electronic ISBN: 978-1-908320-83-4
- Conference Location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada