The career aspirations and other characteristics of Australian para-professional engineering students

Dowling, David (2010) The career aspirations and other characteristics of Australian para-professional engineering students. In: 21st Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE 2010): Past, Present, Future - the 'Keys' to Engineering Education Research and Practice, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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During 2010 more than 300 students currently studying a para-professional engineering course at an Australian institution completed an online questionnaire about their educational and work experiences, and their career aspirations. Students from vocational educational and training institutions, universities and two dual-sector institutions across Australia were invited to participate in the study.
This paper reports on a preliminary analysis of some of the raw data from 327 engineering students, 40% of whom are studying an Associate Degree course, 45% an Advanced Diploma, and 15% a Diploma. The key finding was that only 16% of the respondents intend to pursue a career as an Engineering Associate, with 75% indicating that they plan to undertake further studies, and 51% reporting that they have a career goal to become a Professional Engineer. These unexpected results challenge a long-held assumption that students in Australian Advanced Diploma and Associate Degree programs will pursue careers as Engineering Associates.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2010 David Dowling. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source and permission from the author.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2011 04:47
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 00:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering students; career aspirations; paraprofessional engineering students
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development

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