—The realm of emerging globalization urges the
competitiveness in all aspects, including the education world.
Whilst most universities focus on producing graduates to fill the
labour market, a number of such graduates is equipping
themselves with soft skills via employability program.
Emphasis is on the management of their relationships with
work and with learning. This requires skills such as negotiating,
action planning and networking, added to qualities of
self-awareness and confidence. According to Ranjit Malhi (2012)
degree is no guarantee of a job and now employers are now
looking for various soft skills in graduates, besides technical
competence and work experience. For such reason, this paper
attempts to examine whether the contents or the context of
Graduates Employability Program has been successful in
boosting employment potential of graduates in Malaysia. The
case study in Department of Labour showed the significant
results that one of the goals of the employability programs
which is to enhance the marketability of respondent in the
labour market was successful (M=3.10, S.D. =1.266), contents of
the programs objectives were manageable (M= 2.97; S.D.
=1.406) and clear (M = 2.95; S.D.=1.243) and are relevant
(M=2.94; S.D.=1.085) which form the basis to enhance the
graduates communication skill. This result has clearly shown
that the module and components of the program are the most
important for graduate employability. In conclusion, the
current graduate employability program should focus on the
context of the program.
—Contents, contexts, employability skills and
The authors are with the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (e-mail:
Cite: B. Aida, A. W. Norailis, and R. Rozaini, "Critical Success Factor of Graduate Employability
Programs," Journal of Economics, Business and Management vol. 3, no. 8, pp. 767-771, 2015.