The Employers' View of ''Work-Ready'' Graduates: A Study of Advertisements for Marketing Jobs in Australia
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This study of job advertisements extends our understanding of how employers, rather than researchers, describe the specific skills and attributes sought in candidates for employment in graduate marketing roles in Australia. The article presents the findings of a content analysis of 359 marketing job advertisements downloaded in 2016, in two periods 6 months apart, from the dominant job finding website in Australia, seek.com.au. These data offer detailed primary records authored by employers, and set the research apart from most studies, which rely on generic variables imposed by academics, despite the mooted gap between academia and the business sector. The most demanded attributes included motivation, time management, communication skills, and digital marketing experience. This raises questions about the purpose of a degree, and whether marketing curricula are fit for purpose. The article explores these findings and other preconditions for being “work-ready,” and the study contributes to the underdeveloped employability research from Australia.
Journal of Marketing Education
© 2017 The Authors, The Employers' View of ''Work-Ready'' Graduates: A Study of Advertisements for Marketing Jobs in Australia, Journal of Marketing Education, 39,2,2017. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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