Working life competences that matter for the newly graduated: Views of recruiters in the domain of knowledge work


  • Joachim Ramström
  • Laura Helle



Working life and the structure of work is undergoing an evolution. Many companies are reporting recruitment problems related to deficits in working life competences. Much of the research into working life competences remains theoretical and prescriptive. Furthermore, different typologies of working life competences tend to abstract the notion of competence to such a degree that it becomes meaningless.
The purpose of this study is to shed light on the views of the people in charge of making recruitment decisions by asking what working life competences that are deemed essential when recruiting new higher education institution (HEI) graduates in the domain of knowledge work. We are also aiming to get a better understanding of what meaning recruitment specialists give to important working life competences.