What Do They Do? A Survey of Employment and Work Situation for “IDE” Candidates

Year: 2010
Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B
Author: Sigurjónsson, Jóhannes B; Holgersen, Trond
Page(s): 449-454


Design students are often concerned with a possible mismatch between their education and the real
world reality in professional life afterwards. Industrial Design Engineering students at NTNU
therefore in 2002 initiated a job-market survey amongst candidates from the IDE course. This
initiative has been supported by the department and repeated biannually, latest in 2008. This paper is
primarily based on the survey from 2008, The results are presented and discussed. Central issues here
are: Employment, Time it took to get the first job, Type of company, Job tasks and Relevance of
education. It has been difficult to find any comparable surveys, which makes this work hard to
compare with other design or engineering educations. The job situation for IDE candidates is good and
stable, with 35% in industry, 20% in design consultancy and 20% in IT and communication, 10% in
education/research and 15% in other sectors. Candidates value the experience with projects and team
work highest, when asked to evaluate the education. There is a wish for more basics in economics and
management within the education.

Keywords: Work experience, job situation, industrial design engineering, evaluation of education


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