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Are We Speaking the Same Language? Croatian Employers’ IL Competency Requirements for Prospective Employees

  • Mihaela Banek ZoricaEmail author
  • Sonja Špiranec
  • Vjeran Bušelić
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 676)

Abstract

Employability is one of the main concerns of the European Union and the transition of graduates from higher education to the workplace is pushing agendas in front of higher education institutions. Research has shown that the educational sector and the employment sector usually lack common ground in understanding what other side can offer or expects. On the other hand, both sides often neglect the fact that the concept of information literacy competence is a fundamental generic competence which can fulfill the full potential of employability. Only after defining generic competences from the employers’ viewpoint can we start defining the impact of information literacy on the development of these competences. The results of the study on Croatian employers defining five core generic competences have proved our initial concerns that both educators and employers are identifying the same type of competences but use different terminology. What is specifically missing is an understanding of the concept of information literacy and its influence on employability, and therefore, building national information literacy employability models is of great importance.

Keywords

Employability Generic competences IT sector Information literacy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mihaela Banek Zorica
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sonja Špiranec
    • 1
  • Vjeran Bušelić
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Polytechnics of ZagrebZagrebCroatia

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