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Real estate employability : differing perceptions of graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate courses

Hoxley, Mike, Poon, Joanna and Fuchs, Willow 2011, Real estate employability : differing perceptions of graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate courses, Journal of European real estate research, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 243-258.

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Title Real estate employability : differing perceptions of graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate courses
Author(s) Hoxley, Mike
Poon, Joanna
Fuchs, Willow
Journal name Journal of European real estate research
Volume number 4
Issue number 3
Start page 243
End page 258
Total pages 16
Publisher Emerald Group Publising
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2011-10
ISSN 1753-9269
Keyword(s) United Kingdom
universities
undergraduates
postgraduates
real estate
competencies
employability
Summary Purpose – Employability is likely to be at the forefront of any degree applicant's mind in England and Wales due to an impending large increase in the cost of tuition. The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of a Centre for Education in the Built Environment-funded project which has investigated real estate graduate competencies and employability. The paper concentrates on significant differences in emphasis by graduates from undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses.

Design/methodology/approach – Following an extensive literature review, 72 competencies have been identified and the Confederation of British Industry classification of knowledge, skills and attributes has been adopted. An online survey of 639 graduates (half UG and half PG) asked respondents to complete five-point Likert attitude scales to rate how their course enabled development of the 72 competencies. Themes developed from the results of the questionnaire study have been explored in greater detail with five real estate education providers and the human resource managers of four large London employers.

Findings – Rather surprisingly, UGs rated their gaining of the vast majority of the competencies more highly than PGs. This finding seems to be at odds with the impression given by the educators and employers, both of whom perceive a preference for the greater maturity and commercial awareness of graduates from PG courses.

Originality/value – Real estate course providers can use the results of this study to ensure that their programmes of study adequately address what is likely to become the crucial factor in the choice of any future programme of study – employability.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048646

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