Engineering graduates’ development of expertise and skills –views from academic stakeholders
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The results from the survey indicate that traditional academic skills such as information retrieval, written communication, knowledge of the research of own field, and mathematical and natural sciences are currently the most well-developed skills relative to their importance. The same skills were considered as ‘must have’ in academic staff members’ ratings, and hence, these skills were fostered in curriculums. Conversely, creativity, social skills and leadership were the least developed skills relative to their importance in graduates’ opinions and according to the employers’ ratings. Interestingly, these skills were considered as ‘nice to have’ in academic staff members’ ratings, and hence, not emphasized in curriculums.
In conclusion, the skill profile of graduated engineers is consistent with the skills universities currently value, but there is some skill mismatch between expectations in working life and the actual expertise graduates currently have.