Evaluation of a whole-of-program approach to embedding employability skills in a post graduate accounting program
International Journal of Arts and Commerce
Centre for Enhancing Knowledge
School of Business and Law
This paper describes the evaluation phase of a project designed to embed generic (employability) skills across a postgraduate accounting program. A qualitative study was conducted using a single case study design with triangulation of the data from three sources. In the first phase of the evaluation, students enrolled in the program completed a questionnaire about their experiences. In the second phase, academic staff members teaching in the program attended a focus group and in the final phase, unit plans for the 12 units comprising the MPA program were examined. The findings of the study indicated that both students and academics viewed the implementation of an employability skills framework (ESF) as successful in improving employability skills which were viewed as important for future employment. Overall, the study provided evidence which supports the use of a framework to teach employability skills using a whole-of-program approach. As the issue of employability skills is a concern in other technical disciplines and across the university spectrum, the findings of this study may have interdisciplinary implications.