Graduate work-readiness in Asia Pacific economies: A review of the literature

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This chapter provides an overview of the relevant literature on the challenges faced by many Asia Pacific nations with respect to graduate ‘work-readiness’ in their labour markets, and their impacts on future economic growth and social development strategies. It was compiled from a thorough exploration of global and regional scholarly articles on ‘work-readiness’, together with recent industry, media and consultant reports. It begins with a brief exploration of the demographic and socio-economic contexts of the regional countries included in this book, followed by a discussion of the nature, extent and causes of the work-readiness challenges across the region, with a specific focus on graduate capabilities. It presents several explanations and models of work-readiness, together with a discussion of stakeholder theory as an analytical framework for an examination of the key players associated with its antecedents and consequences. Finally, a range of actual and potential strategies and solutions to the identified issues are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransitions from Education to Work
Subtitle of host publicationWorkforce Ready Challenges in the Asia Pacific
EditorsRoslyn Cameron, Subas Dhakal, John Burgess
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781315533964, 9781315533971
ISBN (Print)9781138691759, 9780367859619
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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