Reviewing problem-solving as a key employability skill for built environment graduates

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The benefits of possessing problem-solving skills cannot be over-emphasised. From fresh graduates to industry employees, this skill is pivotal in achieving one's goals as well as functioning effectively m the construction industry. Several researchers have suggested that industry employers value graduates who possess practical problem-solving competencies and can deliver timely and implementable solutions to arising industry problems. Hence, this paper focuses on the benefits of possessing problem-solving abilities and possible ways to foster them m higher education. This study was conducted via a review of relevant literature from peer-reviewed journals and conference articles from databases including EBSCO Host, ProQuest, SciVal, Spnnger, Taylor and Francis online, Emerald, amongst others. Notable findings from tins study revealed that brainstorming. Root Cause Analysis, Cause and Effect Diagram, Pareto chart. Flowcharting and decision matrix are among some of the ways by which problem-solving skills are developed m higher education institutions (HEIs). The study also found that problem-solvmg skills could be developed among students by moving from teacher-centred approaches to student-centred approaches. These range from case-based teaching, discovery learning, problem-based and project-based learning amongst others. It is recommended that present-day HEIs engage built-environment students even more by integrating project-based activities into their curricula, to holistically prepare the next generation of industry professionals.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event11th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century, CITC 2019 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sept 201911 Sept 2019


  • Construction industry
  • Employability
  • Higher education
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Student-centered approaches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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