Even though Industrial Designer have become a popular job title in the manpower market, Industrial Design (ID) education institutions need to review how well their graduates have adapted and developed in the workplace. The purpose of this study is to investigate ID graduates’ employment in Taiwan, including their job findings, job situation and satisfaction. This study was conducted in three stages: literature review, in-depth interview, and questionnaire survey. In total, 328 graduates responded to the questionnaire. The findings are: 1) Over 80% ID graduates find their first jobs within three months after graduation, mostly through a renowned job-hunting web service in Taiwan. 82.2% of the jobs are strongly related to ID, and the graduates usually can get familiar with the design practice within six months. 2) The ID graduates select their jobs mainly based on their interests, and they are inclined to change jobs if prospect of promotion and development is not shown in a short period of time. Most of the ID graduates are working in corporate in-house design departments, and their biggest predicament in current job handling relates to a lack of sufficient training in technology and manufacturing know-how. 3) In general, the ID graduates are satisfied with their current jobs. The satisfaction ratings are ranked as, from highest to the lowest, relations with the colleagues, the work itself, direct superior, salary, and promotion. This study provides links between student academics and employment; therefore, the outcome is significant to both design education and profession.
|Keywords:||Design Education, Industrial Design, Job Situation, College Graduate Employment|
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