Pizza with university ICT students: what do students' expect employers want from them?

Carbone, A and Hamilton, M 2016, 'Pizza with university ICT students: what do students' expect employers want from them?', in Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, Canberra, Australia, 01-05 February 2016, pp. 1-9.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Pizza with university ICT students: what do students' expect employers want from them?
Author(s) Carbone, A
Hamilton, M
Year 2016
Conference name Australasian Computing Education Conference 2016
Conference location Canberra, Australia
Conference dates 01-05 February 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference
Publisher ACM Digital Library
Place of publication New York, United States
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Abstract Improving the employability of graduates has been a nominated priority area for successive Australian Governments. While there has been extensive research into what industry requires of graduates in the workplace, little research is available about students' perceptions of graduate employability and how they feel it should be addressed in the curriculum. This paper draws of the findings from a nationally commissioned Australian study involving multiple institutions and multiple disciplines, aimed at aligning the employability skills expectations of employers, professional bodies, academic staff, graduates and students. The focus of this paper however is around ICT students' perceptions of graduate employability and the exploration of ways in which employability skills can be developed in graduates in the discipline of ICT. As a subset of the broader commissioned study, we ran focus groups with three cohorts of information, communication and technology (ICT) students from two Australian universities. Our key research areas investigated students' perceptions of the skills ICT employers are looking for, and ways to improve ICT students' employability. In addition, insights into students' feelings of their preparedness for work between the three focus groups cohorts are provided. The research questions were analysed thematically with a qualitative open coding approach based on themes drawn from the Fullen and Scott (2014) employability framework. Overall, while students realized the importance of discipline knowledge and technical skills, other generic skills were also acknowledged. The participants also had ideas in terms of how employability skills should be enhanced.
Subjects Computer-Human Interaction
Keyword(s) ICT Graduate Employability
Computer Science Education
DOI - identifier 10.1145/2843043.2843345
Copyright notice © 2016 ACM
ISBN 9781450340427
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