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2016, Cilt 6, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 261-267
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2016.162
An Evaluation of Employability in Maritime Degree Programmes: The Undergraduate Students' Perspectives
Mehmet ŞEREMET
Yüzüncü Yıl University, Department of Maritime Transportation and Management Engineering, Van, Turkey
Keywords: Employability, Maritime education, Transferable skills, Engineering education

In this study, the main aim is to investigate opinions of the students who study in 4th grade of the department of maritime transportation and management engineering of the maritime faculty on employability potential of the maritime degree programmes. In accordance with this purpose, in 2014-2015 academic year, opinions of 154 final year students (candidate seafarer) from three different universities were qualitatively assessed. The major finding of the study is that professional experience based on internship causes various differences in the perception of seafarer candidates towards the profession and in their choice of profession. Moreover, the students' self-assessment on their transferable skills development showed that foreign language skills were not well improved, which is principally one of the most necessities in the job market. As a result, according to the opinions of the students it can be said that practical education and internship opportunities of the department make the biggest contribution to the profession. Nevertheless, after graduation, they feel that they might meet some challenges in the job market such as job shortages and tendency to lowering rates in the wages. The study was finalised by a set of suggestions which might help to improve employability potential of the programmes as well as the quality of student's learning experience in maritime programmes.

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