The Association of Graduate Recruiters(AGR) is an employer-led membership organisation, whose goal is to ensure that all member organisations can recruit and develop the best student talent for their needs and the needs of the UK economy.
With a diverse network of over 700 members, they work closely with employers, the education sector, and supplier partners to represent big employers in the UK.
They invited me to contribute to a special piece on their magazine on the latest IT used in the world of graduate recruitment: Graduate Recruiter. This magazine is published every two months, and is considered as “an essential guide to the latest developments and innovations in graduate recruitment”.The article is published in the October issue of 2014. Here is the original article submit.
You can read the online version of the magazine here. It is on page 22-23. There is a scanned version of the page.
According to the latest research from QS, out of 4897 employers 71% said they were not familiar with MOOCS That the QS Global Employer Survey covers nearly 28, 000 employers from 24 major industries within 134 countries the world over, the findings point to a challenging scenario and signal that the growth curve of MOOCS within the mind of industry is yet to occur. More detailed on the survey responses can be obtained by emailing Dr. Christina Yan Zhang, China Director, QS Intelligence Unit at Christina@qs.com.
The findings further revealed that:
1. On average, currently only 29% (less than 1/3) of employers surveyed are aware of or familiar with MOOCs.
2. Employers consider MOOCS as a valid form for professional development.
Indeed, here the figures yield more promise in that 82% of the 884 employers surveyed globally view MOOCs to be a valid platform of professional development(Figure 2).
Figure 2: detailed breakdown of different regions of the world where employers consider
3. Most employers would encourage their staff to take MOOCs.
84% of 722 employers surveyed would encourage their staff to take MMOCs. (Figure 3).
Figure 3: Employers who support or encourage staff to take MOOCs
4. MOOCs completion on a CV is widely considered by employers as a positive factor in recruiting.
As shown in Figure 4, 71% of 875 surveyed employers consider MOOCs completion on a CV as a positive factor in recruiting
Figure 4: Employers who consider MOOCs completion on a CV as a positive factor when recruiting.
5. Of 887 respondents who answered the question “What are the main areas you would like to see MOOCs developed?” the breakdown was as follows (figure 5):
Figure 5: employers who consider the main areas where they would like to see MOOCs
Developed in line with the needs of respective corporate scenarios:
Of those selecting ‘other’ – a significant proportion cited areas related to human resources.