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Work Readiness of Newly Qualified Allied Health Professionals

Clement Tan Chee Kin,

Work Readiness of Newly Qualified Allied Health Professionals

Looking for newly qualified allied health professionals (up to 1-year work experience post-graduation)! Please scan the QR code to participate in a short 15 minute online questionnaire about work readiness.

This project from Singapore Institute of Technology aims to quantify work readiness (WR) amongst newly qualified allied health professionals (NQAHP) upon employment in Singapore using the Internal Medical University Work Readiness Scale (IMU-WRS). This would then allow us to identify common factors impeding WR within and across the various disciplines. It will also allow interdisciplinary comparisons and establish potential relationships in WR.

In order to achieve our aims, we are conducting a cross-sectional study on allied health graduates with up to a year of work employment in Singapore. Upon participants' consent to share their responses and data, basic demographic information will be gathered through a series of questions and the responses will be recorded using a 4 point-likert scale. The IMU-WRS would assess 4 components: work competence, organisational acumen, social intelligence and personal characteristics. The omission of personal particulars such as participant’s name would keep the data unidentifiable.

The mean and standard deviation (SD) of each category will be assessed and reported after data analysis to determine the work readiness of the NQAPH. Further analysis can be carried out to explore possible relationships between groups or variables. In such cases, the statistical significance will be based on 0.05, where a significant result will imply that the means between two groups are significantly different. Also, to test for internal consistency of the questionnaire, Cronbach’s alpha would be employed. Through identifying and comparing factors impeding WR, potential areas of improvements in the current curriculum and entry-level orientation programmes will be made clear and are more likely to garner effective results.

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