Is Psychological Capital Related to
Employability Skills of Graduate Students?
Rachita Rawat and
Dr Ritu Sharma
- Post graduate Organisational Psychology, AIPS, AUUP, NOIDA
- Assistant Professor, Senior Grade, AIPS, AUUP, NOIDA
Employability constitutes a set of accomplishments
– various skills, understandings and individual
characteristics – that shape graduates more
probable to secure employment and to be
successful in their selected career/occupations.
Students’ perceived employability involve proper
education along with job tenure and competence
development. Psychological capital refers to the
positive and constructive state of a person. This
study aimed at understanding the impact of
psychological capital on employability skills of
recent graduates (Technical and Non-technical
students). Simultaneously, this study tries to
explore relationships between psychological
capital and perceived employability skills, the
difference between technical and Non-technical
graduates (recent) in terms of employability skills
and psychological capital and difference between
graduates on employability skills in terms of
gender. The sample (N = 200) was gathered
through purposive sampling technique from both
male and female graduates of technical and non-
technical branches and Participants’ age ranges
from 20 to 25 years. Data was collected with the help of total five scales: AHS, LOT-R, GSE,
BRS, and Employability Scale (Rothwell, Jewell,
& Hardie, 2009) and analyzed. The results
revealed that three components of Psychological
Capital out of four (Self-efficacy, optimism
& Hope) are significantly related to both
perceived employability skills and Self- perceived
employability. Further, it was also investigated
that participants from Non-technical background
have scored more on variables such as overall
employability & self-perceived employability
than participants from a technical background
and a significant difference among employability
skills in terms of gender exist.
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