Has Industrial Training Prepared Undergraduates Well for Employability?

Abstract

The need to equip graduates to meet the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a challenge faced by higher education institutions. However, little research has been done to look at the necessary employability skills for undergraduates, more so in the Malaysian higher educational context. Using the University of Malaya as a case study, the study investigates to what extent industrial training provides the necessary skills for graduate employability. Drawing upon interviews with selected undergraduates of the University of Malaya who have undergone industrial training, the study aims to identify the students’ perspectives with regard to their perceived acquired skills, relevant knowledge and work experiences. The research provides useful insights on practical skills and self-readiness that could determine employability and success to face the challenges of the job market in the 21st century.