Designing workplace induction programs to support the transition of new-career engineers to practice

Sally Hawse*, Leigh Norma Wood

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to focus on transition of engineering graduates to work. It asks: “What approaches and enabling activities can organisational induction programs use to support successful transition to practice for new-career engineers?”

Design/methodology/approach: The paper is grounded in literature review; it discusses central themes in the literature relating to transition to the workplace for Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) graduates. These include: skills required for the workplace; challenging factors in the transition to workplace; and, disciplinary socialisation.

Findings: There is a lack of literature that explores the design of workplace induction programs to assist novice engineers transition to professional work. An emerging topic in the literature is educational institution and employing organisation co-production of induction and transition to work programs. 

Originality/value: Much of the literature relating to transition to work programs is from higher education rather than from the viewpoint of the workplace. This review contributes to knowledge of transition to work for early-career engineers from the perspective of workplace development programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-29
Number of pages12
JournalHigher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Becoming professional
  • Engineering professionalization
  • Transition to work
  • Workplace development programmes


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