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The employability attributes required of new marketing graduates

The employability attributes required of new marketing graduates Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to inform the development of vocationally focused marketing curricula by identifying the employability attributes required from new and early career marketing graduates. Design/methodology/approach – Existing literature was used to develop a matrix of previously identified attributes. Content analysis of 250 online person specifications for a range of entry‐level and early career posts allowed the matrix to be populated and modified. Like attributes were grouped and organised into clusters to provide profiles of common requirements. Findings – Under half of employers demanded a degree and less than a quarter a marketing one. Experience is generally required, thus questioning the value employers place on marketing degrees. In total, 52 attributes, within 16 clusters, were identified, common ones included communications, interpersonal relationships, information and communications technology, planning, self‐management, decision making and problem solving. Within the subset of macro and meta competences, 22 personal traits, including creativity, responsibility, initiative, determination and confidence, were commonly required. Research limitations/implications – Findings quantify desirable attributes but fail to address issues of definition, rationale, contribution and measurement. These will be addressed within further qualitative research. Practical implications – Educators should consider how the identified employability attributes can be addressed within the marketing curriculum in order to enhance the employment prospects of graduates. Originality/value – The research verifies and adds to previous data regarding desirable attributes for marketing graduates. However, it also offers new, UK specific, data and a novel model to differentiate between micro and macro/meta competences and inform how transferrable skills and personal attributes combine with subject skills and knowledge to create employable graduates. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Marketing Intelligence & Planning Emerald Publishing

The employability attributes required of new marketing graduates

Marketing Intelligence & Planning , Volume 28 (7): 23 – Oct 26, 2010

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0263-4503
DOI
10.1108/02634501011086490
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to inform the development of vocationally focused marketing curricula by identifying the employability attributes required from new and early career marketing graduates. Design/methodology/approach – Existing literature was used to develop a matrix of previously identified attributes. Content analysis of 250 online person specifications for a range of entry‐level and early career posts allowed the matrix to be populated and modified. Like attributes were grouped and organised into clusters to provide profiles of common requirements. Findings – Under half of employers demanded a degree and less than a quarter a marketing one. Experience is generally required, thus questioning the value employers place on marketing degrees. In total, 52 attributes, within 16 clusters, were identified, common ones included communications, interpersonal relationships, information and communications technology, planning, self‐management, decision making and problem solving. Within the subset of macro and meta competences, 22 personal traits, including creativity, responsibility, initiative, determination and confidence, were commonly required. Research limitations/implications – Findings quantify desirable attributes but fail to address issues of definition, rationale, contribution and measurement. These will be addressed within further qualitative research. Practical implications – Educators should consider how the identified employability attributes can be addressed within the marketing curriculum in order to enhance the employment prospects of graduates. Originality/value – The research verifies and adds to previous data regarding desirable attributes for marketing graduates. However, it also offers new, UK specific, data and a novel model to differentiate between micro and macro/meta competences and inform how transferrable skills and personal attributes combine with subject skills and knowledge to create employable graduates.

Journal

Marketing Intelligence & PlanningEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 26, 2010

Keywords: Curricula; Competences; Skills; Qualifications; United Kingdom; Graduates

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