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ACA ERP 2021-2023 Alumni Survey

Insights from Engineering Residency Program (ERP) graduates' survey
The primary objective of the Engineering Residency Program Graduate Survey was to gather comprehensive insights into the experiences of our alumni following the completion of the residency program. By understanding the career trajectories, challenges faced, and levels of engagement with the engineering residency community, we aim to enhance program offerings, provide tailored resources, and foster a stronger sense of belonging among our graduates.


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Key Themes
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Employed
55%
Unemployed and looking
34%
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Content with their employment status: 31.4% Actively looking for opportunities: 37.2%
The rest are employed though actively looking for opportunities; or employed and open to opportunities though they are not actively looking.

Employment Status
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Employment Status Table
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Category
Value
Employed
54%
Actively looking for a Job
46%
Open to opportunities but not actively looking
23%
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Overview of employment status
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Employment Sector

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Majority of employed alumni are working in the private sector, with a few indicating employment in the public sector and some being self-employed.


Employed sector if employed
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Principles alumni often apply in their current roles or activities

To summarize the responses regarding whether alumni are applying principles learned during the Engineering Residency Program (ERP) in their current roles or activities:
Applying ERP Principles: 91.2% 👍🏼👍🏼
Not Applying ERP Principles: 8.8%

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Majority of respondents are applying principles learned during the ERP in their current roles or activities.


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The responses indicates a diverse range of principles being applied, with a particular emphasis on growth mindset, clean coding practices, pair programming, UI/UX design and effective use of version control systems like Git. Of those who are not applying the principles is due to their current roles or activities may not directly align with the principles learned during the ERP or with their IT background.


Technologies Used

Node.js and React.js emerged as popular choices for backend and frontend development, respectively, while JavaScript was commonly used alongside frameworks like React.js and Next.js.
MongoDB and SQL were prevalent database technologies, with Python showcasing its versatility across various domains.
Additionally, React Native and Laravel were mentioned for mobile app and web development, respectively, and TypeScript was recognized for its benefits in static typing.
WordPress also made an appearance as a popular content management system.


Impact of the ERP on Alumni Professional Development (1-5)


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It is evident that the majority of alumni rated the impact of the ERP on their professional development quite high, with a significant number giving a rating of 5 out of 5. This suggests that the ERP has had a substantial and positive influence on their professional growth. The overwhelming majority rating is 4 or higher, indicating a strong overall consensus among respondents regarding the effectiveness and significance of the ERP in enhancing their professional skills and capabilities.



Alumni Network

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There is a strong interest among alumni in being part of a network specifically tailored for individuals who have participated in the Engineering Residency Program.

Interested: 97%
Not Interested: 3%

How alumni currently engage in professional networking

Networking Activities Table
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Platform
Usage
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LinkedIn
100%
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Industry Events and Conferences
78.13%
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Other Social Media Platforms
53.13%
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Online Forums and Communities
25%
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Networking Groups
18.75%
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Networking activities overview

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LinkedIn is the most commonly utilized platform for professional networking among the alumni surveyed. Industry events and conferences, as well as other social media platforms, are also frequently mentioned avenues for networking.



Feedback and Suggestions

Alumni Network:

Alumni provided diverse suggestions to enhance the value of an alumni network. To facilitate direct interaction and knowledge sharing they expressed interest in:

meetings
conferences
in-person networking sessions

Career Development:

Career development resources were highlighted to assist alumni in job search and skill enhancement:

dedicated job board
workshops
webinars

Training and Mentorship:

Alumni also emphasized the importance of training and mentorship opportunities, suggesting that former program participants could return as mentors or trainers to provide guidance and support to new trainees.

Social and learning opportunities:

Activities like team socials and skill-sharing forums, were desired to foster community and continuous learning.

Other Suggestions:

Additionally, alumni sought technical reunion events like hackathons to keep skills relevant and access to job opportunities, CV support, and global collaboration to enhance professional growth and networking within the alumni network.


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