ESUT JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES https://esutjss.com/index.php/ESUTJSS Journal of Social Sciences FACULTY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY en-US ESUT JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES Employability skills and core self-evaluations as predictors of perceived employability among undergraduate students of a Nigerian University https://esutjss.com/index.php/ESUTJSS/article/view/119 <p>This study investigated employability skills and core self-evaluations as predictors of perceived employability among undergraduate students of Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria. A cross-sectional survey design was adopted while stratified random sampling technique was used to select 300 undergraduate students for the study. Three instruments: Perceived Employability Scale, Employability Skills Scale, and Core Self-evaluations Scale were used for data collection while standard multiple regression analysis was used to test the three stated hypotheses. The results revealed that employability skills and core self-evaluations jointly predicted perceived graduate employability (R = .556, R<sup>2</sup>= .310, F = 66.570, P &lt; .05). Also, employability skills independently predicted perceived graduate employability (β = .482, t = 11.288, P &lt; .05). However, core self-evaluations did not independently predict perceived graduate employability (β = .077, t = 1.091, P &gt;.05). The study concluded that employability skills and core self-evaluations are good predictors of perceived graduate employability. It is recommended that skill acquisitions should be mandated as one of the requirements for students to graduate from any higher institution of learning to enhance their employability confidence.</p> Andrew I. Aigbodion Emmanuel E. Uye Adams Timeyin Copyright (c) 2022 ESUT JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES 2022-06-06 2022-06-06 7 1 Rural industrialization, state Bureaucracy and land expropriation https://esutjss.com/index.php/ESUTJSS/article/view/118 <p>This research investigated the effects of capitalist investment and bureaucratic organizations on rural household economy and social relations in Ikwo, LGA in Ebonyi state, Nigeria. Guided by the insights provided by the Mode of Production Neo-Marxist theory as the theoretical framework; the study interrogated three objectives: The impact of the capitalist infrastructure on the rural economy; the extent to which the capitalist infrastructure engender dynamism in the household income generation; the relationship between capitalist infrastructure penetration and changes in the patterns of social relationships. The study involved self administered questionnaire of 159 respondents, 15 In-depth-interviews (IDIs) and 5 Focussed Group Discussion (FGDs). Secondary data from documented materials were also used. Data analysis was both quantitative and qualitative. Our findings showed that while the family income of the members of the community who are engaged in the employment of the change agents have slightly increased, the communities’ economic activities have declined, because of loss of agricultural lands and rural unemployment. The study recommends immediate compensation and adequate socio-economic rehabilitation of those whose lands have been expropriated for the setting up of the rural industries and state organizations, fulfilment by companies and other organisations of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the host communities, among others. It is hoped that if well harnessed, these organizations can transform rural households’ economy positively.</p> Emmanuel Chimezie Eyisi Chinyere C. P. Nnorom Ethelbert Okoronkwo Oko Chima Enworo Copyright (c) 2022 ESUT JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES 2022-06-06 2022-06-06 7 1 Self-control and emotional intelligence as predictors of time management behaviour among employees of a Nigerian University https://esutjss.com/index.php/ESUTJSS/article/view/120 <p>The wise use of time is a skilful practice required by everyone, especially workers, because it enhances efficient performance of tasks, helps maintain a positive personality outlook, reduces chaos, stress and work pressures, and results in the quick attainment of personal goals, among many other benefits. However, many workers are not adept at time management leading to unnecessary work pressures and work-family conflicts. This study, therefore, looked at the independent and joint predictors of self-control and emotional intelligence on the time management behaviour of the staff of a Nigerian university. It also investigated the mean differences in the time management behaviour of male and female employees, on one hand, and older versus younger employees, on the other. Three instruments: Brief Self-Control Scale, Emotional Intelligence Scale, and Time Management Scale were used in this study for data collection. The obtained results found support for the independent prediction of self-control&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;(β= .56, t= 15.07, p&lt; .05) and the joint prediction of both predictor variables on time management behaviour (F [2, 498] = 119.02, R<sup>2 </sup>= .32, ∆R<sup>2</sup>= .32, p&lt; .05). There was a significant mean difference between males (Mean= 47.57) and females (Mean= 49.30) on time management behaviour [t(499) = 1.17, p&lt; .05)]. Also, there was a mean difference between younger workers (Mean = 44.66) and older employees (Mean= 54.46) on time management behaviour (t= 12.38, df= 499, p&lt; .05). Therefore, it is recommended that workers should develop these valued human factors to help them live a fulfilled and well balanced life.</p> Andrew I. Aigbodion Emmanuel E Uye Copyright (c) 2022 ESUT JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES 2022-06-06 2022-06-06 7 1