The skills needed for human resource development graduates in Thailand

Authors

ผศ.ดร.ดาวิษา ศรีธัญรัตน์

Published

Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Advancement of Development Administration 2017—Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies - ASEAN and Globalization:Convergence, Harmony, and Connectivity

Abstract

There has been a need for human resource development (HRD) professionals in Thai la-
bor market. Even though there are numbers of HRD programs in the graduate level to
produce HRD practitioners and scholars, the gap between theory and practice remains.
One possible reason could be the rapid change in social context. Skill sets for HRD pro-
fessional are different from those in the past. This paper presents the set of skills ex-
pected from HRD graduates in the graduate level in Thailand. Data were collected from
HRD programs’ stakeholders by interviews. Content analysis revealed 19 skills expected
from graduates. These skills were analyzed separated from expertise in the field, which is
knowledge in HRD concepts and practices. These skills were mainly soft skills, such as
systematic and analytical thinking, communication skills, team working. Some were re-
lated to personal attitudes, such as positive attitude toward human development (devel-
oper mindset), having a sense of giving. It is important for the academia to understand
these needs of skill set. Graduate programs’ developer, as well as faculty members, need
to develop the programs to be able to produce graduates who meet the expectation and
requirements of the labor market. HRD students and graduates need to understand what
the expectations would be as well, in order to fully prepare themselves for the future ca-
reer. The HRD practice needs to realize about this as well, in order to be able to train and
develop current HRD professionals in organizations, and to be able to hire the right HRD
professionals for the best benefits for the organizations.

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The skills needed for human resource development graduates in Thailand. NIDA, Thailand, The 6th International Conference on Advancement of Development Administration 2017—Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (in press-in press).