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Education policy and employability: What are the most influential competencies?

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Published: 2011-10-10

Authors

María Jesús Freire Seoane

Observatorio Ocupacional - Universidade da Coruña

Mercedes Teijeiro Alvarez

Observatorio Ocupacional - Universidade da Coruña

Carlos Pais Montes

Observatorio Ocupacional - Universidade da Coruña

Keywords: university education; training education; professional skills

Abstract

This paper analyzes the generic professional skills most valued by employers and university graduates. This research is a qualitative and quantitative study that uses data from two main sources: graduates of the University of La Coruña and employers of this province. The analysis herein, applies the Logit model, and it empirically contrasts the influence of certain variables related with skills on the probability of being employed.  The results underpin the opinion stated by experts; currently the most highly regarded skills in the labour market are those that belong to the systematic type, therefore, personal and non-transferable, in detriment of instrumental skills closer related with graduates’ capacity and education.

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Author Biographies

María Jesús Freire Seoane

Observatorio Ocupacional - Universidade da Coruña

Profesora Titular de Economía Aplicada

Mercedes Teijeiro Alvarez

Observatorio Ocupacional - Universidade da Coruña

Profesora de Economía Aplicada

Carlos Pais Montes

Observatorio Ocupacional - Universidade da Coruña

Tecnico Estadístico
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Published: 2011-10-10

How to Cite

Freire Seoane, M. J., Teijeiro Alvarez, M., & Pais Montes, C. (2011). Education policy and employability: What are the most influential competencies?. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 19, 28. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v19n28.2011