What Students Need from their PM Education for Employment
Employability is a key concern of most students as they embark on a course of university study. For engineering students today, a more diverse course of learning that brings together technical, managerial and life skills is becoming increasingly common.
A scientific work has explored the inclusion of project management in the engineering curriculum and identified innovative yet practical approaches to the teaching of the subject . With “project” such a fundamental component of business today—and with anecdotally around 25% of engineering management master’s students becoming project managers upon graduation—a deeper understanding of the role project management can play in the development of tomorrow’s engineers is of significant value .
The challenges demand talent that can demonstrate skills not simply in technical disciplines, but in the context of the wider business and social environment. The term “multi-skilled” engineer is starting to be voiced more openly. A survey of practice in project management reported in 2002 demonstrates the breadth of skills required to deliver successful projects . It is the development of these characteristics in tertiary-level engineering students that is the aim of project management teaching.
In order to explore engineering student perceptions of project management as a
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