n South African Journal of Business Management - Perceptions of graduates regarding workplace expectations : an exploratory study

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2078-5585


This article outlines the results of a study which investigates the perceptions of graduates regardingworkplace expectations. A literature study provides a theoretical foundation which explains the nature ofgraduates' workplace expectations. An empirical survey was conducted, using a self-administeredquestionnaire, which was completed by prospective graduates at two tertiary institutions. This sample wasselected in terms of the proposed restructuring of higher education institutions. Eleven null-hypotheses,investigating relationships between the dependent and independent variables, are tested by means of specificstatistical methods, such as analysis of variance and correlation coefficients. The results showed highlysignificant differences between workplace expectations of graduates (dependent variables) and classificationdata (independent variables). Specific guidelines are provided to ensure the creation of more realisticgraduate expectations before entering the workplace.

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