Perceptions of the software skills of graduates by employers in the financial services industry

Tim Kyng*, Leonie Tickle, Leigh N. Wood

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Software, particularly spreadsheet software, is ubiquitous in the financial services workplace. Yet little is known about the extent to which universities should, and do, prepare graduates for this aspect of the modern workplace. We have investigated this issue through a survey of financial services employers of graduates, the results of which are reported in this paper, as well as surveys of university graduates and academics, reported previously. Financial services employers rate software skills as important, would like their employees to be more highly skilled in the use of such software, and tend to prefer 'on-the-job' training rather than university training for statistical, database and specialized actuarial/financial software. There is a perception among graduates that employers do not provide adequate formal workplace training in the use of technical software.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1224-1238
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


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