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Career Relevance Program

The Engineering My Career program is directed at 1st year Engineering Students at University. The goal is to extend the stepping-stones into engineering and technology careers and reduce the drop out from engineering courses by building student based career relevance.

The program is directed to achieve the following goals:

  • build Engineering Career Relevance for students at high schools;
  • build links between universities, schools and the defence industry;
  • initiate potential job placement into industry;
  • promote industry mentoring of university students and mentoring of school students by university students;
  • reduce the dropout rate for Engineering students at university;
  • improve career relevance knowledge in high school and university students.

Research has highlighted that the majority of 1st year university students have not finalised their career or job focus. The Engineering My Career is focused at providing students with an opportunity to explore different career options and to develop in their own minds the potential which exists in Industry.

The Project Task Definition:

  • students undertake to carry out an analysis of a specific engineering career which includes interviews with engineering staff or executives from the chosen company;
  • students produce a 10 page A3 portfolio detailing
    • organisation and opportunities which exist within that organisation for engineering graduates;
    • the relevance of the engineering subjects they are currently studying to the careers which exist within the chosen company or organisation;
    • the relevance of the subjects studied at school to those being studied at university and to the specific career opportunities within the target organisation;
    • proposed recommendations to improve the education process and increase student engagement and understanding of careers in Engineering.
  • students make at least two presentations to high school students on “Engineering My Career” using the chosen organisation as an example.

The outcomes for industry include promotion of interaction with university students via student interviews and increased interaction with university career advisors.

For students the program promotes increasing career relevance, promotes increased direct involvement with industry, provides opportunity for students to spend time with senior Engineering executives and provides career relevance for high school students.