Impact of SRL Strategies and Academic Achievements on Recruitment of Information System Graduates in Saudi Arabia

Mona Masad Almutairi, Mozaherul Hoque Abul Hasanat

Abstract


Soft and hard skills have become a challenging issue for Information Systems (IS) graduates and recruiters in Saudi Arabia. IS students are lacking the skills that are required by Saudi industry. Recruiters, on the other hand, consider the academic achievement as a major factor for hiring IS candidates. This paper shows the most required soft and technical skills for IS students. Also, it discusses the impacts of self-regulated learning (SRL) strategies and academic achievements on matching the required skills by the Saudi industry. Therefore, it empirically identifies the most required skills of IS jobs in Saudi industry and how the skills of IS students in major Saudi universities can match them. In this research, two surveys were conducted, one for recruiters and another for students. The first survey is to assess the required IS skills in Saudi industry by recruiters. Whereas the second survey is to capture the skills, SRL, and academic achievement of IS students. Based on the statistical analysis, the study proved that academic achievement does not have impact on the students’ level of matching with local job requirements. Rather, acquisition of SRL has greater effect on the employability of IS students.


Keywords


Self-Regulated Learning; Employability; Saudi Arabia; Information Systems.

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