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Academic Resource Network for Engineering and ICT Australia

Accommodating Engineering HDR graduates in the Australian workplace: employers' beliefs, expectations and experiences

Start: 2005
Report Publication Date: 2011
Primary Project Leader Anthony Zander

Funding
Amount: $70,000.00 Body: University of Adelaide Source: Divisional Scholarship
Summary
Up to 60% of Engineering HDR candidates aspire to work in industry upon completion of their higher degree. There is conflicting evidence in the Higher Education literature and the popular media concerning the value of a research higher degree to industry. Also, despite substantial employer feedback on desirable skills and attributes of graduate engineers, little has been documented of how HDR acquired knowledge, skills and attributes are employed in industry to contribute to engineering innovation. This research explores the views on these issues held by 22 employers of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering research graduates in Australian industry settings and reveals ways they influence innovation strategies. The employers? candid comments also reveal implicit theories about the nature of creative or ?research? personality types that inform companies? hiring practices, frequently to the detriment of Engineering HDR graduate applicants.
Outcome
Keywords
Generic Skills › Employability Skills
Discipline Context › Engineering
Student Level › Postgraduate
Profession/Industry › Professional Practice
Disciplines
  • Engineering
Education Levels
  • Higher Education
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