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Report on the Factors Influencing the Young Generation’s Future Career Choices as part of A-STEP 2030 project

Rapport sur les facteurs influençant les futurs choix de carrière de la jeune génération dans le cadre du projet A-STEP 2030


This project is an EU Erasmus + project funded under call number 2018-1-FR01-KA203-047854. This isthe 3rd report of A-STEP2030 ERASMUS+ project. The main objective of this project is to develop newand innovative teaching approaches, which are relevant to learners’ values, yet appropriate to teach anew set of skills and competencies needed for the future. Our goal is to create an attractive andfascinating learning environment, thereby encouraging young people and adult learners with diversebackgrounds to engage in engineering studies and the profession as a whole.The project consortium has 7 members from six EU countries (France, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Swedenand Belgium) and 10 associated partners. The members are 4 Universities, one company, a Europeanstudent organisation and a European Engineering Education Association. This setup gives the consortiuman extensive view of the research questions and thus enables possibilities for finding new aspects forattracting diverse learners to engineering education.The analysis investigated the career goals of young students and adult learners to obtain a betterunderstanding of the drivers of their career decisions. This understanding will be an importantconsideration in the development of the new learning and teaching activities in order to make them moreattractive and specifically adapted for a new generation of students. The comparisons in the focuscountries (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, France and Ireland) were made between:- engineering students’ results,- male and female engineering students,- engineering and humanities students,- engineering students with different agesThe overall results show the most valued priority of engineering students is “to have work/life balance”and after that “to be dedicated to a cause or to feel that I am serving a greater good” priorities. Whereaswith humanities students while the same two priorities were also identified but their order reversed.Surprisingly leadership and issues with money did not appear in the first positions. With these mostimportant factors there seemed not to be big difference between the generations – but to have a secureand permanent job showed a significant difference between generations. It is more important for theyoung generation, compared to their older colleagues in all target countries (with the exception ofFrance).This report presents findings from the target countries in greater detail concerning students’ career goals,their perceptions about their strong and weak soft skills and the employer attributes which they feel areimportant. In addition the differences between engineering and humanities students and between maleand female engineering students at different ages are analysed in all these categories. This informationgives data for the next stage of the project where the conclusions will be made.
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Riitta Lehtinen, Klara Kövesi, Mélanie Cantrel, Katriina Schrey-Niemenmaa. Report on the Factors Influencing the Young Generation’s Future Career Choices as part of A-STEP 2030 project. Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. 2019, pp.1-47. ⟨hal-04032585⟩
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