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Real estate graduates’ employability skills : the perspective of human resource managers of surveying firms

Poon, Joanna 2012, Real estate graduates’ employability skills : the perspective of human resource managers of surveying firms, Property management, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 416-434.

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Title Real estate graduates’ employability skills : the perspective of human resource managers of surveying firms
Author(s) Poon, Joanna
Journal name Property management
Volume number 30
Issue number 5
Start page 416
End page 434
Total pages 19
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0263-7472
1758-731X
Keyword(s) employability skills
graduates
human resource management
human resource managers
real estate
real estate graduates
United Kingdom
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report further on research funded by the Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) into real estate programmes of study in UK universities (Poon and Hoxley). The aim of this paper is to identify human resource managers’ view on the employability skills of real estate graduates. It also compares the views on the employability skills of real estate graduates between human resource managers, a large sample of real estate employers and real estate course directors.

Design/methodology/approach –
This paper presents the research findings of eight interviews with human resource managers who work in different types of surveying firms. The approach for collecting their view of the employability skills required by real estate graduates was through gathering their opinions on three charts. These charts compare what employers feel graduates require and what they feel graduates demonstrate in 31 knowledge areas, 20 skills and 21 attributes, alongside a list of additional competencies made by graduates and employers which was developed as part of an earlier study.

Findings –
The human resource managers identified the key employability skills for real estate graduates as soft skills, in particular report writing skills, communication skills, presentation skills, client care and professional standards. The human resource managers of real estate consultancy firms also voiced their concern regarding graduates’ lack of commercial awareness, which echoed the same view from real estate employers and real estate course directors mentioned in the previous research (Poon, Hoxley and Fuchs). Therefore, it is necessary for universities to embed these soft skills, such as commercial awareness in the curriculum in order to enhance the employability of graduates.

Originality/value –
This paper makes an original contribution to existing literature on the identification and discussion of employability skills for real estate graduates. It describes pioneering research focusing on the human resource managers’ perspective of the real estate graduate employability skills.
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 ©2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048709

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