The Research Design and Sample

The purpose of this study is to get to know the perceptions of graduate students attending the faculty of Economics and Management of a public university in the north of Portugal, regarding the importance of the transferable skills to their present and/or future job performance. It specifically aims to analyse their opinions concerning the contribution of the recently created Transferable Skills Development Programme. Due to the fact that there are very few similar studies in Portugal [47], and to the absence of studies addressing this specific programme, the present study is of an exploratory nature. Therefore, we considered suitable to adopt a qualitative method and resorted to two data collection instruments. In the first phase, graduate students were asked to complete a qualitative questionnaire with the objective of gathering basic information about the topic. This questionnaire consisted of the following three questions:

  • 1. Which are the ten transferable skills that you consider to be the most important?
  • 2. How do you evaluate the Transferable Skills Development Programme?
  • 3. Which suggestions of improvement would you like to present to the
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