ERIC Number: EJ1172355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Think First Job! Preferences and Expectations of Engineering Students in a French 'Grande Ecole'
Gerwel Proches, Cecile N.; Chelin, Nathalie; Rouvrais, Siegfried
European Journal of Engineering Education, v43 n2 p309-325 2018
A career in engineering may be appealing owing to the prospect of a good salary and a dynamic work environment. There may, however, be challenges for students wishing to enter their first job. In engineering education, career preparation courses may be included so as to prepare students adequately for their first job, future careers, and to reinforce career decision-making skills. This study explored the first-job preferences and expectations of engineering students at a generalist French 'Grande Ecole' before their compulsory internship. The study ultimately provided insight into ways in which future engineers may best be equipped for their first jobs. A qualitative research study was employed, using four focus groups to collect data, which was analysed thematically. Key findings indicate the resolute importance that engineering students place on having a challenging job, teamwork, independence, opportunities for development, and a participative style of being managed. The research findings may be of value in order to renew an engineering curriculum with better alignment between students' expectations and industry needs.
Descriptors: Teamwork, Engineering Education, Selective Admission, Career Development, Foreign Countries, Career Choice, Decision Making, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, Work Attitudes, Education Work Relationship, Student Attitudes, Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Job Skills, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: France
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