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Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
Career development is an important area of growth for post-secondary students, including engineering students who are learning about who they are and what they want in their careers. Career development support may be particularly useful for students in less known areas of engineering, such as biosystems engineering, who may benefit from support in understanding their career possibilities and learning to articulate their skills to employers. This longitudinal study is purposed to investigate the impact of the integration of career development supports in an undergraduate biosystems engineering program on students’ vocational identity development in order to improve career education and engineering education. The study will take place over four-years, with one cohort of students followed through the three-year biosystems program at the University of Manitoba, in Canada, and into their first year as alumni. This Work-in-Progress paper focuses on Phase 1 of this project: the career supports integrated into a first year required design course. Little research has been conducted on the topic of career interventions in engineering programs. This study proposes to fill this gap through qualitative analysis of participants’ coursework and interviews.
Balakrishnan, R., & Seniuk Cicek, J., & Mani, P. S. (2020, June), Program: Study Design Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35095
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