Employers' Perceptions of Business Graduates: Evidence from Retail Islamic Banks of Bahrain – An Empirical Case of the Kingdom of Bahrain

Employers' Perceptions of Business Graduates: Evidence from Retail Islamic Banks of Bahrain – An Empirical Case of the Kingdom of Bahrain

Mukhtar Alhashimi (Ahlia University, Bahrain) and Anjum Razzaque (Ahlia University, Bahrain)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0062-0.ch015

Abstract

Managers claim that fresh graduates are unequipped to meet market demands. This chapter investigates the perception of employers in retail Islamic banks of Bahrain on newly graduated business students. The Singaporean Model of Employability Skills was implemented to ascertain the mean ratings of employability skills in terms of their importance, and the competency of business graduates. This deductive research approach initiated with a literature review that identifies research gap and a model which was tested via a self-administration adopted survey by collected data from 220 senior employees at retail Islamic banks of Bahrain. The systematic of convenience sampling technique was used in selecting 161 samples and the researcher received only 85 completed questionnaire forms. Findings initiate that employers appreciated the importance of teamwork, risk management, and decision-making skills. Their main recommendation was that employers should establish a durable bond with universities to enhance employability skills.
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Problem Statement

Recent interests in media paid high attention to the employability skills and extensively highlighted the employers’ dissatisfaction towards fresh graduates, whom they believe lack necessary skills such as communication, problem-solving, and decision making. (Maxwell et al., 2009) Based on the perceptions held by employers, graduates are more academically oriented and unfortunately lack awareness of applicability skills. Hence, there is an urgent need for identifying the employers’ view about employability skills. It seems inevitable that this topic continued to be a commonly debated theme. Most of the employability researches have been conducted across various places such as USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Singapore and many more because each country wants to draw the best employability skills framework that suits all sectors at all levels.

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