An Examination of Near-Graduates' Computer Self-Efficacy in Light of Business Employers' Expectations
This project investigated the extent to which the expectations of employers in terms of the computing skills of new-graduates matched those of students nearing completion of their studies. Students in this project were required to self-appraise their own computing skills.
Two groups were surveyed in this study: students nearing the completion of their studies in Business/Commerce degrees who were actively seeking employment, and employers who had posted advertisements for jobs suitable for Business/Commerce graduates. Near-graduate participants were given a questionnaire to assess their perceived computing skills, and employer participants were asked to evaluate the computing skill-sets graduates were expected to possess. Semi-structured interviews were also conducted with 21 near-graduates and 4 employers.
Gibbs, S. (2008, November 30 - December 3). Internet use equals computer literacy? Paper presented at ascilite 2008, Melbourne, Australia.
Gibbs, S. F. (2009). An examination of near-graduates' computer self-efficacy in light of business employers' expectations. Unpublished master's thesis, Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Gibbs, S., & McKinnon, A. (2009, August 6-9). The computing skills expected of business graduates: a New Zealand study. Paper presented at the Fifteenth Americas Conference on Information Systems, San Francisco, CA.