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The relationship between the self-esteem and employability attributes of postgraduate business management students

Potgieter, Ingrid

Abstract:
The effects of challenges (like decreased employment opportunities, increased personal responsibility to keep up with changes, current skill shortages and of retaining talented and skilled staff) have led to an emphasis on career meta-competencies to improve employability attributes. The objectives of the study were to determine the relationship between self-esteem (as the Culture Free Self-Esteem Inventory measures it) and employability attributes (as the Employability Attributes Scale measures it); to determine whether people’s biographical details significantly predict their self-esteem and employability attributes; and whether men and women differ significantly in their self-esteem and employability attributes. Motivation for the study: There seems to be a paucity of studies that investigate how people’s self-esteem relates to their employability attributes in South Africa’s multi-cultural context. The researcher found a number of significant relationships between the participants’ self-esteem and employability. The results showed that biographical details significantly predicted participants’ employability attributes. Practical/managerial implications: Career counsellors and human resource practitioners need to recognise how people’s self-esteem and their biographical details influence their employability attributes.

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Title of Paper: The relationship between the self-esteem and employability attributes of postgraduate business management students


Date:2012
Document Type:Other
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Country:International
Keywords:Postgraduate Students, Postgraduate Research, Business Studies


File Size:765 KB
Date Added:23 November 2012


Potgieter, I. (2012). The relationship between the self-esteem and employability attributes of postgraduate business management students. SA Journal of Human Resource Management/SA Tydskrif vir Menslikehulpbronbestuur, 10(2), Art. #419, 15 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v10i2.419