Meeting Real Work Demands of the Global Economy.


The purpose of this case study is to explore the employer’s perspective on the job skills required for STEM based jobs.  A corporate perspective is used to construct a framework for understanding the skills that affect new college graduates. A case study method is adopted involving purposeful sampling strategy of Aerospace & Defense Industry (A & D) Organizations from the Deloitte Toche Tohmatso Limited (DTTL) 2014 Global A & D sector financial performance study. The study provides a framework for meeting real world demands and presents a model that will identify key factors in the terms of skills required for the college graduates. The model of key factors from the A & D industry will improve the alignment between employer’s requirements and high-wage, high-demand jobs.  The study will help fill the gap on employer’s expectations and necessary skills required to compete in the global economy.  By propelling change in the way that universities help prepare their graduates with the necessary skills will ensure an enduring impact in the workforce.   College graduates that develop their skills enjoy a competitive advantage over other graduates.  

This publication has been peer reviewed.
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Journal Article
McGunagle, D.M.
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i-Manager’s Journal of Management
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