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Tools for understanding the competencies & employability of designers

Article by Annika Sutter

Industrial design students are taught skills to not only become good designers but to increase their job prospects, and as a result, it's imperative to know what the industry is looking for from graduates.

How do we know what the industry is looking for? Dr Abdullah initiated a project to mitigate this issue. The main objective is to analyse design job advertisements for different types of design, to understand specific skills each job is looking for.

In 2015, Australian University of Art and Design Schools contributed a grant to create a website so that students or graduates of industrial design can understand what type of skill sets are required for different kinds of jobs. because it's quite varied," Dr Abdullah says, "Students need to know exactly what competencies other than academic skills will be required.

"They need to be aware of these competencies to make them in a ready for the job market". 

Dr. Abdullah Al Mahmud

Dr Abdullah Al Mahmud lectures at the School of Design of Swinburne University of Technology. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the...

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