Measuring Students' Employability Skills as They Are Perceived at Yarmouk University

Muhammad K. Al-Alawneh


The purpose of this study was to investigate Yarmouk University students’ employability skills as they are perceived. The study also examined if there were any differences in perceptions on employability skills among students on assigned variables (gender, high school discipline, level of study, type of college, and major willingness). Data for this study were collected via validated and reliability tested questionnaire. The survey includes 10 employability skills domains combined forty-item. A total of 317 students from 15 colleges at Yarmouk University participated in the study. The sample in this study was 176 students who were enrolled in life skills courses that are offered by the university in the second semester 2013. Analysis of Variances (ANOVA) was used, and the results showed that there were significant differences among participants on three domains: coping with stress, empathy, and interpersonal relationship for the advantage of students from scientific colleges. Finally, the study recommended embedding employability skills in the curricula to enhance academic standards and supply the demand of the labor market.


Employability Skills, Life Skills, Workforce Education, Human Resource Development

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