Employers' perceptions regarding graduates of engineering dual degrees

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World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education, 2010, 8 (3), pp. 277 - 282
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This article presents findings from part of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council project regarding Australian dual degrees. Employers from 30 engineering-focused organisations were interviewed to solicit their views on their expectations and willingness to employ graduates with engineering dual degrees. The employers' organisations ranged from small to large engineering firms. Respondents indicated that recruiters are more concerned about graduates' engineering skills and academic results than whether the graduates had a single or a dual degree. However employers also indicated that they viewed dual degrees as equipping graduates with a broader skill set that could be valuable to the organisation over the longer term. Employers indicated that whereas graduates were expected to focus on engineering tasks over the first few years of their employment, a dual qualification, particularly engineering-business, could lead to a dual degree graduate being promoted more rapidly. © 2010 WIETE.
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