Communication Sample Essay on Enhancing Graduate Employability

Enhancing Graduate Employability

What could be the main gaps that the university can overtake and prepare to reduce for the fresh graduate students to be ready asset to enter confidently the corporate environment?

Presentation Outline

  1. Definition of a University
  2. Types of Universities
  3. Subjects Offered in a University
  4. Reasons for Attending University
  5. Types of Employers
  6. Issues Affecting Employability Rates among Fresh Graduates
  7. Recommendations
  8. Conclusion
  1. Definition of a University (Kevin, Stuart, Dely & Jon, 2011).
  2. A university is an educational institution.
  3. It is tasked with providing a wide range of programs, courses, and activities.
  4. It provides higher education through extensive graduate and professional programs, disciplines, courses, studies, and researches.
  5. It accumulates resources to facilitate delivery of high quality education, knowledge, and skills.
  6. It also creates, develops, and promotes additional skills and values among students.
  7. Types of Universities (Kevin, Stuart, Dely & Jon, 2011).
  8. There two types of universities:
  9. Public universities.
  10. Private universities.
  11. They both comprise boards tasked with attending to social, educational, and institutional needs and wants.
  12. They ensure university’s interests, mission, and obligations are fulfilled effectively and efficiently.
  13. Subjects Offered in a University (Kevin, Stuart, Dely & Jon, 2011).
  14. University committee boards are tasked with identification, selection, and promotion processes of creating university programs and courses.
  15. The programs and courses address subjects such as:
  16. Philosophy
  17. Mathematics
  18. Psychology
  19. Engineering
  20. History
  21. Reasons for attending University (Cranmer, 2006).
  22. For love of the subjects taught at the particular university course.
  23. In order to gain experience and witness different and diverse ways of life and achieve exposure.
  24. To gain higher education thus increase and expand individual chances and opportunities to gain a Job vacancy in the corporate environment.
  25. To gain knowledge and skills facilitating establishment of newly innovated business ideas.
  26. Types of Employers (Yorke & Knight, 2006).
  27. Small voluntary agencies
  28. Medium sized organizations
  29. Large multinational firms
  30. Issues affecting Employability Rates among Fresh Graduates (Cranmer, 2006).
  31. Employers rely on employees with higher education, talent, proficiency, credentials, and experience.
  32. They also utilize formal and informal methods to assess employability skills and qualifications among fresh graduates during the recruiting process.
  33. They list various key qualities, characteristics, qualifications, skills, knowledge, and talents valuable among employable fresh graduates. These competencies are divided into two:
  34. Technical competencies
  35. Discipline competencies.
  36. These competencies demonstrate broad range of attributes.  They include:
  37. Capabilities to teamwork
  38. Skills to communicate clearly
  39. Leadership qualities
  40. Ability to think critically
  41. Skills and abilities to solve problems
  42. Human resource management.
  43. Lack of internships and work placements has denied fresh graduates to develop and demonstrate their employability skills in the corporate world
  44. More so, very few universities emphasize on internships and work placements.
  45. Recommendations (Yorke & Knight, 2006).
  46. Universities should establish and implement graduate employability university programs.
  47. Staffs at the university ought to ensure the graduate employability programs are career based.
  48. Academic and non-academic staff working at the universities should be supportive towards the idea of graduate employability programs.
  49. Universities should design programs and courses based on the needs, qualifications, and requirements within the corporate environment.
  50. Universities and employers should hold discussions to reduce and eliminate negative attitudes affecting freshly released university graduates in the corporate environment.
  51. Conclusion
  52. Universities are not playing their roles effectively and efficiently.
  53. They are releasing fresh graduates to a corporate environment flooded with other unemployed university graduates.
  54. Fresh graduates’ numbers are overwhelming to available job opportunities in the corporate environment.
  55. Although employers regard fresh university graduates as persons with knowledge and skills, they also believe they lack corporate environment experience.
  56. Thus, universities should invest in establishing and implementing employability programs to advance students’ credentials and experience.
  57. Consequently, fresh graduates will possess skills, knowledge, and experiences required by employers in the corporate environment.


Cranmer, S. (2006). Enhancing Graduate Employability: Best Intentions and Mixed Outcomes. Studies in Higher Education, 31(2), 169–184.

Kevin, L., Stuart, H., Dely, E., & Jon, L. (2011). Employers’ Perceptions of the Employability Skills of New Graduates, University of Glasgow SCRE Centre and Edge Foundation.

Yorke, M., & Knight, P. (2006). Embedding Employability into the Curriculum: Learning and Employability Series One. New York: Higher Education Academy