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ERIC Number: EJ837707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Engineering Graduates' Perceptions of How Well They Were Prepared for Work in Industry
Martin, Rosanna; Maytham, Bryan; Case, Jennifer; Fraser, Duncan
European Journal of Engineering Education, v30 n2 p167-180 May 2005
This study investigated how well chemical engineering graduates perceive they were prepared for work in industry. To this end, sixteen interviews were carried out with a purposive sample of recent University of Cape Town chemical engineering graduates. Qualitative analysis of the interview data showed that graduates felt that overall, they were well prepared for work in industry. They perceived their strengths to be their technical background, problem solving skills, formal communication skills and life-long learning abilities. The following areas of weakness were also identified: work in multi-disciplinary teams, leadership, practical preparation and management skills. The use of interviews for data collection is a significant departure from the methods used in other studies in this area. The rich and contextual data gathered from the interviews justified this choice and contributed to the identification of issues not previously mentioned in the literature. For example, an unexpected finding of the study was that there was a clear link between the technical and non-technical attributes of engineering graduates, a result which has clear implications for the design of undergraduate engineering programmes. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa