Enhancing engineering employability in the 21st century; handling uncertainty and complexity through 'new entrepreneurship'
Byrne, Edmond P.
International Symposium for Engineering Education
Universities, professional bodies and governments prioritise graduate employability and seek these through ‘generic’, ‘soft’, ‘entrepreneurial’ and 'transferable’ skills. The UK’s Higher Education Academy published a list of 39 ‘aspects of employability’ to assist in the ‘examination of curricula from [the] point of view of employability’ (Yorke and Knight, 2006). These capabilities generally align with good pedagogical practice and include for example, critical analysis’, ‘reflectiveness’, ‘creativity’ and ‘coping with complexity’. However, some clearly appear to focus on interests that align more specifically with business aspirations such as for example, ‘stress tolerance’, ‘influencing’, ‘arguing for and/or justifying a point of view’.
Graduate employability , Transferable skills , Engineering education , Engineering profession
BYRNE, E. P. 2012. Enhancing engineering employability in the 21st century; handling uncertainty and complexity through 'new entrepreneurship'. In: ISEE (International Symposium for Engineering Education), 4th International Symposium for Engineering Education ISEE 2012, Educating the Engineers of Tomorrow. University of Sheffield, England 19-20 Jul 2012.