Bosses happy with fresh grads

Local | Stella Wong 12 Jul 2019

Satisfaction with fresh graduates from local universities among employers is at its highest since 1998, according to a government-appointed survey released yesterday.

The survey conducted through last year found employers rated 2016 graduates 3.7 out of five points in regards to their overall work performance, making it the highest score in the eight polls that have been done since 1998.

The graduates performed the best in terms of their work attitude, which was rated 3.88 out of five, and this was following by their information technology literacy, language proficiency and interpersonal skills at 3.82, 3.75 and 3.71, respectively.

Commissioned by the Education Bureau, last year's survey received more than 2,200 valid responses from employers, covering about 2,000 local first degree graduates, and some 200 local sub-degree graduates from 1,800 companies, organizations and government bureaus or departments. About 97 percent of the employers canvassed were satisfied with the overall performance of first degree graduates, while it was 95 percent for sub-degree graduates.

Work attitude was perceived as the most important aspect of competence by employers among nine broad aspects of the way graduates performed.

Meanwhile, Alexa Chow Yee-ping, the managing director of AMAC Human Resources Consultants, said there is no doubt that there has been a significant improvement in graduates' information technology literacy.

"The new graduates are more familiar with information technology. They can apply relevant skills at workplaces and many employers speak highly of their IT ability," she said.

However, Chow added that young graduates lack interpersonal skills, as they are used to communicating via technology rather than face to face.

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