A Conceptual Paper: THE MODERATING ROLE OF THE GENDER, CAREER AND MORAL MINDSET AND GRADUATE READINESS FOR EMPLOYABILITY FOR OMAN ENGINEERING COLLEGES GRADUATES
Purpose: The main objective of the current study is to determine a Graduate Readiness for Employability frame work for Omani Engineering graduates that determine the most required skills for employability and examine the most important Influencing factors which affect Omani Engineering graduate’s readiness for employability.It will measure the moderating effects of Gender, Career mindset, Moral mindset on the relationship between Influencing factors readiness of Engineering Graduates for Employability in the HEIs in Oman.
Background: The Omani higher education system has enlarged noticeably since 1970 both in the number of students and in the infrastructure. The mass spread of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Oman with vast programmes and specializations resulted in the creation of Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) to assure that the HEIs provide to the nation quality education that meet the requirements of 21st century with graduates having readiness for employability skills and competencies. Therefore, graduates’ readiness for employability has become a major issue for HEIs in Oman due to growing concern from governments and industries on the quality of the graduates. Therefore, this study intends to design a framework that incorporates the graduate attributes including human capital attributes, social capital attributes, individual attributes, institution-related attributes, and active smart labs moderated by gender and career mindset. This unique graduate attributes framework is intended be used as an Empirical Study on the Engineering Graduate readiness of employability in Oman.
Design/Methodology/Approach: The study uses primary data collected from Omani engineering students graduates or at final year whether employed or seeking employment both males and females. The study is designed to study the engineering graduates’ attributing factors affecting the attainment of the graduates’ readiness for employability required skills and the moderating effect of gender, and career and moral mindset of the graduates. The population will consist of 15000 students from a number of Engineering colleges in Oman. The study period covers 5 years (from 2015 to 2020).
Results/Findings: The study develops a graduate readiness for employability framework. It tests the factors which influence the graduate readiness for employability and its relationship with gender, moral mindset and career mindset of the Omani engineering colleges’ students. The study conceptualizes graduate readiness for employability framework from different graduates’ attributes and provisions perspectives. The results of the study will fill the gap in understanding the main factors affecting the attainment of graduates’ readiness for employability skills in Oman.
Conclusion and Implications: This study is intended to measure the level of readiness of engineering graduates for employability in the HEIs in Oman. In addition, it will determine the most influencing factors that’s contribute on the readiness of engineering graduates for employability taking into account the effects of Gender, Career mindset, Moral mindset on the relationship between Influencing factors. In addition, it will be used to advise a policy guideline for ensuring of readiness of engineering graduates for employability in the HEIs in Oman.