Bridging the gap: addressing the disparity between higher education knowledge and industry needs.

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Daka, Harrison
Minjale, Linda
Kakupa, Paul
Kaani, Bestern
Tembo, Pilira
Mukuka Mulenga, Lydia
Musonda, Astridah
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The University of Zambia
Job mismatch, which has been described as a discrepancy between skills possessed by individuals and those demanded by the labor market, has become a prevalent issue with significant implications for individuals, organizations, and society at large. This paper explores the causes and consequences of job mismatch and proposes strategies to address this challenge. Drawing on existing literature and personal experiences, the paper highlights the role of technological advancements, inadequate education and training systems, and changing job requirements in contributing to job mismatch. It discusses the adverse effects of job mismatch on individuals' job satisfaction, productivity, overall well-being, and its impact on organizations' performance and the economy. To mitigate job mismatch, the paper suggests collaborative efforts between training institutions and employers, increased investment in employee training and development, and the use of comprehensive skills assessment tools. By implementing these strategies, individuals can acquire the necessary skills, organizations can optimize their workforce, and societies can foster inclusive and sustainable economic growth. This paper provides insights into the complex issue of job mismatch and offers practical recommendations for policymakers, employers, and individuals to tackle this challenge and create a better-aligned labor market.
Employability skills--Curriculum development. , Higher education and Industry. , Economic development--Effect of education on. , Job requirements.