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ERIC Number: ED542113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
An Engineering Degree Does Not (Necessarily) an Engineer Make: Career Decision Making among Undergraduate Engineering Majors. Research Brief
Lichtenstein, Gary; Loshbaugh, Heidi G.; Claar, Brittany; Chen, Helen L.; Jackson, Kristyn; Sheppard, Sheri
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (NJ1)
This paper explores the career-related decision making of seniors enrolled in undergraduate engineering programs at two nationally recognized institutions. This strand of the Academic Pathways Study (APS) research revealed that many engineering students were undecided about their career plans, even late into their senior years and that many were deciding not to pursue engineering careers. In addition, the findings indicate that students' decision making about their post-graduate plans often takes place without the knowledge or influence of engineering faculty, who could conceivably provide valuable insights and guidance. Structuring such guidance into existing programs could ensure that qualified, talented graduates of engineering programs will use their skills and abilities in the service of engineering-related careers.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE)