21st century leaders: building employability through higher education

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Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Chartered Association of Business Schools, Institute of Student Employers, Chartered Management Institute.
Publisher
Chartered Management Institute
Date of publication
20 February 2018
Subject(s)
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production, People management: all aspects of managing people
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

This report explores what employers see as strengths in those emerging from university, and where more might be done to prepare students to become managers and leaders, building on an earlier report by the Chartered Management Institute (21st century leaders: building practice into the curriculum to boost employability’ published in 2014). It is based on a survey of 1045 managers, a survey of 837 current business and management students, and case studies with 13 universities.

Key findings include:

  • The majority of employers (70%) believe management, enterprise and leadership modules should be integrated into all degree subjects to boost employability.
  • 66% of employers want to see graduates achieve professional qualifications as well as their main degree.
  • 75% of students look for a combined professional body accreditation when selecting their degree.

 

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