Chapter 1: Why employability matters
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Employability is a concept that is defined in many different ways. It can become entwined with employment outcomes, blurring the definition. Employers expect new employees to have the subject specific knowledge they need to do their job, and also expect them to have relevant soft skills. Students link employability to degree outcomes, but as their time in university education develops they see the importance of developing soft skills. A significant amount of responsibility for employability is placed on universities, as evident by the way that they are measured by external agencies. Although universities have a role to play in employability, this should not detract from their teaching of subject specific knowledge.

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