strength while leadership, practical preparation, management skills and multidisciplinary teams were the areas of their weakness. Makki et. al., “ The Relationship between Work Readiness Skills, Career Self- Efficacy and Career Exploration among Engineering Graduates: A Proposed Framework ”. The study aimed to establish a framework that will help the Malaysian engineering graduates integrates work readiness skills, career-efficacy and career exploration. The literature they examined and analyzed revealed that the set of employability skills does not satisfy the need of employers. They found out that Malaysian graduate were lacking in confidence and positive attitudes. The propose framework can be used as an assessment tool to evaluate the graduates employability skill level and enhance their confidence. That framework will also serve as a guide for
13 better design of higher educational curriculum in order to meet the requirement of the industry. Abdulla Farah Warsame, “ The Gap Between Engineering Education and Postgraduate Preparedness ”. The researchers came up to this case study to understand the knowledge of engineers in engineering education, inadequacy in practical skills and self-learning methods to become more competent and be ahead to others. They conducted interviews with 15 chemical, civil, mechanical and electrical engineer to ask about their way on bridging the gap between education and engineering practice. The study found that engineering education was insufficient in providing practical skills for engineering students. In line with this, the study provided guideline and training to strengthen their technical and professional competencies. 2.4 Assumptions As before the researchers conduct their study entitled “Work Preparedness of Newly Employed BulSU Civil Engineers in Selected Construction Firms: An Assessment”, the group were led to the following assumptions regarding the current status of the graduates. First, majority of the graduates are currently employed in the companies related to their course, maybe some are regular or contractual. Second, most of the graduates had their first job placement months after graduation and the major problem they usually encounter on their job was their lack of experience.
14 Lastly, most of the employed graduates are satisfied with the job benefits and salaries they receive. 2.5 Definition of Variables Variables will be used to help the researchers determine the different factors that may or may not affect the employment preparedness of the BulSU civil engineering graduates. Defining the variables were essential to avert uncertainty and to provide better comprehension among readers and future researchers of this study, the following variables were defined in accordance with their use in this study.
- Fall '18
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- Civil Engineering