Competitiveness of a Specialist: Undergraduates’ Expectations and Strategies



The article tackles the problem of competitiveness of university graduates. The study sample is represented by the students of the Faculty of Management. The authors analyze differing views on competitiveness among employers and graduates, and characteristics of key competencies required to obtain and keep a job. A survey among the final-year students was aimed at studying their perceptions of their own competitiveness, job ambitions and expectations. The respondents’ attitudes towards labour market opportunities and career prospects were revealed. The strategies that the future managers use to improve their employability were described. The obtained results may be used to develop and include in the curricula some components of skills which enable the development of a competitive personality.

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Keywords: competitiveness, labour market, university graduate, career strategy, employability, hard skills, soft skills

Journal rubric: Interdisciplinary Researches


For citation: Emelyanova N.A., Voronina E.A. Competitiveness of a Specialist: Undergraduates’ Expectations and Strategies [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psychological-Educational Studies, 2018. Vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 53–64. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2018100406. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Nataila A. Emelyanova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Associate Professor of the Department of Applied Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Faculty of Humanities, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Elena A. Voronina, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor of Department of Applied Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Faculty of Humanities, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, e-mail:



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