Beyond the classroom: STEM, employability and the student voice

Emily Bennett, Dawn Bennett

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This paper explores the thinking of undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students in relation to their study choices and future careers. The paper reports on a pilot study with first-year engineering students, who completed an online self-assessment tool. Most of the first-year undergraduate students chose engineering as their major because it was an area of interest, they had enjoyed academic success in STEM subjects, or because they thought of engineering work as practical, challenge-based work. No significant differences were observed in the students’ responses when correlated with age, gender or work history. The paper reports first-year students’ responses to their career-related confidence and their perceptions of career, career development learning and career intentions
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationResearch and Development in Higher Education: Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities
EditorsE. Heinrich, D. Bennett
PublisherHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-6485507-3-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event42nd HERDSA Annual International Conference - The University of Auckland Science Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 Jul 20195 Jul 2019
Conference number: 42nd


Conference42nd HERDSA Annual International Conference
Abbreviated titleHERDSA
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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