A Comparative Study of Soft Skills Amongst the Washington Accord Engineering Degree Graduates with Industry Expectations

T. T. Wilson, A. L. Marnewick

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Abstract

Graduate engineers in the 21st century are expected to be well rounded engineers after graduating with a Washington accord degree. Academics and industry concur that engineers need to have a set of soft skills in the 21st century. Competence in soft skills may equally have a great influence over an engineer's general career achievement as hard skills competences. The purpose of this study is to investigate the magnitude to which the gap between Washington accord engineering degrees offer and industry expectations. The study found that graduate engineers with a Washington accord (WA) degree are taught the following soft skills; communication skills, teamwork, entrepreneurial skills, problem solving skills, decision making, ethic, self management skills, life long learning, and creativity/innovation. In contrast, industry found that graduate engineers are competent in the following soft skills; interpersonal skills, flexibility, teamwork, decision making skills, problem solving skills, and self management skills. Moreover, the result revealed that graduate engineers are taught the following soft skills; communication skills, ethics, and entrepreneurial skills but were not inline with industry expectations. The findings suggest that by revising the engineering curricula, it may be able to produce engineering graduates who are more prepared to meet industry expectations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE/ITMC 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781538614693
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2018
Event2018 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE/ITMC 2018 - Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: 17 Jun 201820 Jun 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE/ITMC 2018 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE/ITMC 2018
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityStuttgart
Period17/06/1820/06/18

Keywords

  • graduate engineers
  • industry
  • Soft skills
  • Washington Accord

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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