Blog >> How Do You Improve The Practical Skills Of #STEM Graduates To Meet The Needs Of Industry?
The shortage of #STEM
graduates is well documented, as is the gap between the skills employers expect graduates to have and those the curriculum delivers. So how do we close this gap?
One approach is to encourage participation in student competitions. There are three major benefits gained from taking part in student competitions that can help graduates prepare for their #engineering
1. Hands-on experience with a real-world project
– the scope and complexity of the challenges match those in industry and they provide an opportunity to gain practical engineering experience using industry standard tools
2. Personal motivation and the desire to succeed
– working as part of a team to bring your own idea to life and compete against other teams is a strong motivator and provides great opportunities for learning
3. Industry involvement and recognition
– many commercial organisations support student competitions as a way to foster the engineers of tomorrow. For a student, fostering relationships with companies and getting experience with industry standard tools gives them a head-start in job-hunting.
The value student competitions offer in helping to develop practical skills needed for future careers is immeasurable, but they supplement the knowledge gained in the classroom. The experience gained in a student competition is the cherry on the cake.
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