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Factors influencing work readiness of graduates: An exploratory study

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 26, issue 1, 2016 , pages: 70–73
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2015.1101284
Author(s): Lindiwe MasoleIndustrial Psychology, South Africa, Gideon van DykIndustrial Psychology, South Africa


This study aimed to determine the factors that influenced the work readiness of graduate and post-graduate social sciences students. An ex post facto design study was undertaken with 183 participant students from Makerere University, Uganda (n=73) and the University of Venda, South Africa (n=110) (females=58%; age range 20–40 years). They completed the Genos Emotional Intelligence (EI) Inventory, a Psychological Capital Questionnaire (PCQ-24), an Orientation to Life Questionnaire (OLQ) as well as a Work Readiness Scale (WRS). Regression analyses were conducted to predict work readiness, with emotional intelligence (EI), psychological capital (PsyCap) and sense of coherence (SOC). Results revealed EI and PsyCap to strongly predict work readiness.

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