Project Management Institute

Priming the Project Talent Pipeline

Examining Work Readiness in Undergraduate Project Management Degree Programs

Undergraduate education is emerging as a direct pathway into the previously deemed 'accidental profession' of project management. We introduce the concept of graduate work readiness and explore whether undergraduate project management degrees are imparting industry-required work-readiness attributes. Documentary analysis of 12 Australian bachelor's degree programs identified that many (but not all) of the work-ready attributes taught are consistent with those sought by industry. The results revealed that graduates' work- readiness profiles vary according to university employer reputation. The findings suggest the need for a more industry- consultative approach to the way universities prepare their graduates for the project-based workplace.
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