Thursday, 12 July 2018

Exploring student satisfaction and future employment intentions: A case study examination: is there a link between satisfaction and getting a job?

an article by Melissa James and Dongkoo Yun (University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada) published in Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning Volume 8 Issue 2 (2018)


The purpose of this paper is to explore the factors that affect higher education student satisfaction and to understand students’ perceptions of their academic success and future employment expectations at a particular institution.

This study analyzes institutional performance related to students’ satisfaction and their preparedness for future employment endeavours. The questionnaire is designed specifically for students who are eligible to graduate, and the survey is implemented over the institutional website via the student portal and a total of 750°-seeking undergraduate students (target population) are invited to participate.

The descriptive results of this study suggest that while student satisfaction may be relatively similar for all academic programmes, there are differences in the perception of career expectations based on chosen academic programme. Most notably, the results also indicate students’ expectations for employment did not have a negative effect on their satisfaction with the higher education institution (HEI). In contrast, they were mostly satisfied with their academic and personal development. In essence, they felt prepared for the workplace and satisfied with the skills and knowledge developed at a university, regardless of job expectations. This paper suggests that institutions may wish to heighten their focus on academic factors in their efforts to retain students and improve their student academic experience.

This study is conducted at a small-sized (less than 5,000 students) higher institution in Canada that primarily provides undergraduate courses and focusses on students’ employment expectations and their rating of the academic experiences. This study can assist HEIs in developing policies related to student retention and success. HEIs may find this study useful in developing policies and programmes related to transitioning from undergraduate studies to the workplace.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Social-economic contribution of vocational education and training: an evidence from OECD countries

an article by Muhammad Ali Asadullah (Emirates College of Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; The University of Lahore, Pakistan) and Aamir Zafar Ullah (Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, Lahore, Pakistan) published in Industrial and Commercial Training Volume 50 Issue 4 (2018)


The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of national investment in vocational education and training (VET) on the economic growth through the mediating role of social inclusion.

This study is based on a panel data of 31 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries for 15 years collected through secondary sources.

The statistical results of the study have supported the entire hypotheses. Particularly, the results demonstrate that the social inclusion strengthens the contribution of VET in the economic growth.

Practical implications
This study offers various policy implications for the policy makers of developing countries. Particularly, the policy makers of developing countries need to emphasize on social inclusion to enhance the contribution of national investment in VET while following the vocational education models of developed nations.

This study offers its theoretical contribution in the literature of VET by highlighting a mediating mechanism to explain how national investment in VET can contribute in economic growth through social inclusion.

Life Is in the Little Things: Finding the Extra in the Ordinary

as post by Shona Keachie for the Tiny Buddha blog

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.“ ~Jimmy Johnson    

“Write about what we did today,” my daughter said. She knows I often write once she is asleep.

Dully I thought, “What we did today wasn’t that exciting.” Yet, for her, it obviously was.

She gets lost in her experiences, deeply entrenched in the realms of her imagination that continue to weave each experience she is having.

From my perspective, I took the kids and their friends to a nature reserve so they could get muddy and play. I needed them outside, away from the house where cabin fever sets in quickly and the mess builds up even more quickly along with my stress levels.

Instead, we had a nice walk, first to see a waterfall, then for them to play in a stream and slide in the mud. After that, we had a picnic and I watched them all get lost in game after game led by their imaginations.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Stop Talking So You Can Start Feeling

a post by Michelle D'Avella for the Tiny Buddha blog

“Don't hide from your feelings. Press into them. Learn from them. Grow from them.” ~Unknown

There have been times in my life when you could look at my cell phone call log and see back-to-back conversations for hours. I am blessed to have a large support system of loving friends and family, and there have been many times when that has saved me from facing my pain.

If you know anything about attachments styles or are one of millions who suffer from anxiety, you will relate when I tell you that I spent most of my life incredibly anxious. Most of my anxiety had to do with me dealing with people: going to parties where I didn’t know people, knowing someone was unhappy with me, feeling like my needs weren’t being met in relationships, etc.

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Acas on religion or belief discrimination at work

an article by Frank Cranmer in Law & Religion UK

Acas has published new guidance on religion and belief in the workplace, offering advice on how to comply with the provisions of the Equalities Act 2010 that protect employees against discrimination based on religion and belief.

The guidance highlights recruitment as a key area in which employers should take care to ensure that they avoid discrimination. In particular:
  • job advertisements should be publicised widely and should avoid unnecessary and irrelevant mentions of ‘religion’;
  • training and development opportunities to help employees gain promotions should be organised so that employees do not miss out on them because of religious observance; and
  • opportunities for promotion should be fair and non-discriminatory.
On dress-codes (about which the Government Equalities Office is expected to produce its own guidance) Acas says that:

“From the very start of thinking about a dress code, an employer should consult staff, including relevant employee-run networks and recognised trade unions if they are in the workplace. This should be to get their input and support, and take into consideration that some employees may wish to dress in a certain way or avoid certain styles, cuts/fit, or items of clothing because of their religion or belief.”

When drawing up the code or policy, the employer should look to be flexible and reasonable where possible. If the code does include appearance restrictions or requirements, they must be for good business reasons which are proportionate, appropriate and necessary – and they should be explained to staff.

The Acas guidance also suggests that employers:
  • should take a flexible approach to dress codes where possible;
  • should consider requests to use annual leave for religious reasons carefully and sympathetically; and
  • need to understand that fasting can have an impact on performance and should try to accommodate employees who are fasting, in line with business needs.
The Acas document (PDF 26pp)

Digitalisation of money and the future of monetary policy

a column by Peter Bofinger for VOX: CEPR’s Policy Portal

The digitalisation of money has the potential to change traditional structures of the financial system. This column discusses four areas in which it may have an impact, and argues that while digitalisation will not erode the importance of central banks, banks could be massively challenged by new forms of intermediation.

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