June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
ERM Technical Session 15: Perspectives on Engineering Careers and Workplaces
Educational Research and Methods
This work in progress paper describes the motivation for and development of a survey instrument to collect information about engineering graduates’ career pathways. In this work, we begin to reframe interpretations of what it means to be an engineer and understand why alumni make particular career choices. The survey will be distributed to graduates of biomedical, chemical, and mechanical engineering departments at a single institution. Items will include self-reported job titles; perceptions of job relatedness to engineering; current job satisfaction; and identity, belonging, and self-efficacy items. These data allow for increased sensitivity to the multiple pathways that graduates may take, as well as how alumni may connect with engineering even when employed in non-engineering positions. We discuss the descriptive and predictive power of the survey in understanding the career landscape for engineering graduates and key factors that may influence their decisions.
Rohde, J., & Godwin, A. (2019, June), Work in Progress: Survey Development of Factors Related to Engineering Graduates' Career Pathways Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33652
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