Does the social competence of future employees conform with the expectations of employers?
Elżbieta Kasprzak, Maciej Michalak
Rocznik: 2018 Tom: 24 Numer: 2
A successful transition of adolescents to job market requires adjusting competence to the demands of employers. This research aims at comparing the conformity between social competence of students – future employees, and the expectations of employers. Social competence was studied on a group of UKW students in Bydgoszcz (N=211), whereas the expectations of employers were operationalised as job requirements posted in job offers (325 offers). The requirements of social competence were analysed with regards to other demanded soft skills, job attitudes and individual traits. Employers most frequently expect cooperation and social mindedness while students are characterised by the best developed cooperation skills and social resourcefulness. In sectors traditionally geared towards hard skills (industry, construction, transport, IT), social competence of students is higher than the requirements. Conversely, consulting sectors (education/counselling, finances/insurance) require higher social competence than students have.