Instituto Superior Técnico

Observatório de Empregabilidade

Subject Areas

The OEIST is basically characterized by its intervention in subject areas such as Employability and Employment, in particular the Labour and Employment Market, the follow-up of IST graduate employability, among others that are described below. You may also view the dissemination material produced by the  OEIST as well as its publications and communications.

Labour and Employment markets

Labour and emplyment markets should be analysed systematically and continuously in order to be able to relate their trends to the employability features of IST graduates. This effort has been made and had its repercussions in the production of some representative studies, in particular in the fields of labour and employment assessment and socio-professional integration.

Graduate career path

For more than 15 years, AEP has regularly followed up the socio-professional path of its graduates under assessment and accreditation processes of each of its taught programmes. Yet, only in 1998 did it launch the 1st simultaneous survey to all its graduates, therefore allowing career paths to be compared among the graduates of the different taught programmes. In 2002,  2nd survey was conducted, which covered the graduates between 1998 and 2002. In 2006, the III Survey was carried out, which covered the analysis of graduate career paths between 2002 and 2005, in addition to the comparative analysis with previous surveys. In 2010 and 2011 the 4th and 5th report of the socio-professional path of IST graduates were published. The V reoprt consists in a comparative analysis between the graduate path with 1-year experience (graduates in 2009) and five-year experience .

The 6th Survey is currently being prepared, together with the 1st 3rd Cycle Graduate Survey.

Working student

The Working Student Statute is an integral part of academic life, and there is a considerable number of students that support both activities (study/employment) in the course of their programme. Because of this and due to the need to know the motivations, expectations and justifications for accumulating  tasks, in 2006 a working student survey was conducted which allowed, among other things, for distinguishing students that need to work from those who work to gain experience and due to the possibility to reinforce the link between school and industry.

Graduates’ Employers

Under the assessment and accreditation processes of graduate programmes, the AEP developed until 2002 several studies on IST graduate employer entities, and this analysis should continue in 2009.

IST Graduates’ Profiles and Competences

The competence profiles of engineers vary according to the scientific area of their field of expertise. The competence portfolio of IST graduates was assessed between 2000 and 2001, through an array of components: Know, Know hot to be, Know how to do and Know how to be social. Given the impact of reforms inherent in the Bologna Process, it is expected to resume this topic in the course of 2009.