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A framework for career skills as perceived by employers, deans and university alumni in Songkhla Province, Thailand

Wongngam, Sumontha (2019) A framework for career skills as perceived by employers, deans and university alumni in Songkhla Province, Thailand. Doctoral thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the importance of 21st century career skills among undergraduate students in the Songkhla Province, Thailand. The participants were employers to graduates from universities in Songkhla Province, deans from five
universities and alumni who graduated in the academic year between 2010 and 2012 from five universities in Songkhla Province, Thailand. The study drew on the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) and The Secretary‘s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) as the frameworks for this research. The
investigation employed mixed methods approach by using questionnaires and interviews to obtain both the quantitative and qualitative data for this study. The respondents of survey consisted of 354 employers, 31 deans, and 365 alumni. Independent t-test and ANOVA were used to test the differences between and among
the groups using a statistical package software. Mean analysis was used to test the scores of the twenty career skills. Qualitative data were obtained through in-depth interviews with five participants from each group to further support the data gathered from the survey. The results revealed that reasoning and problems solving skills, and interpersonal relationship skills were rated as the highest and the most important skills. Moreover, the results also showed that there are significant differences among the twenty career skills based on the feedback of the three groups of participants. In
addition, the findings showed that interpersonal relationship skills and teamwork skills were considered part of the alumni career skills profile. Finally, a twelve-career skills framework was established and deemed necessary for undergraduate students in Songkhla Province, Thailand. This study contributes to the deepening of
understanding of the importance of career skills framework that could benefit higher education institutions, companies, and other stakeholders in the Province of Songkhla, Thailand.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Supervisor : Ghazali, Mohd Izam
Item ID: 9011
Uncontrolled Keywords: 21st century skills, Career skills profile, Career skills framework
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce. > HF5549-5549.5 Personnel Management. Employment
Divisions: Awang Had Salleh Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2022 05:51
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2022 05:51
Department: Awang Had Salleh Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Name: Ghazali, Mohd Izam
URI: https://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/9011

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