Work in progress: Investigating the employment gap: What employers want from engineering graduates

Ashley Ater Kranov, Kinda Khalaf

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Abstract

A notable gap exists between the competencies that employers in the UAE want entry-level engineers to exhibit and the knowledge, skills and attitudes these fresh engineering graduates from UAE tertiary institutions are able to successfully demonstrate. Inadequate preparation of engineers in key competencies has been cited as one of the main threats to the sustainable development of the region. Misalignment between education and employers' needs was indicated as one of the main reasons behind the skills gaps. A multi-stage project has been launched to explore this misalignment. This paper focuses on Stage 1 of this multi-stage project: the scoping of the research design methodology for the analysis of job advertisements and an employer questionnaire, as well as the results from a preliminary content analysis of three job advertisements for entry-level engineers in the UAE.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1097-1100
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781509054671
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Jun 2017
Event8th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 25 Apr 201728 Apr 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567

Conference

Conference8th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2017
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityAthens
Period25/04/1728/04/17

Keywords

  • Employability
  • Fresh graduates
  • Job advertisements
  • Professional skills
  • Transferable skills

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