Empleabilidad de los egresados universitarios en gestión de la construcción

A continuación os dejo la versión autor de un artículo publicado en la revista Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, del American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), donde se realizó un estudio sobre la empleabilidad de los egresados universitarios en el ámbito de la gestión de la construcción. Creo que puede ser de vuestro interés.




The economic crisis that currently affects some western countries has reduced the employability of graduates in the construction industry. Nevertheless, many young professionals consider this situation as an opportunity to further their training, thus the higher enrollment in graduate programs in the construction industry. In light of this scenario, the authors of this paper sought to identify students’ perceptions of training gaps that affect their employability. The research was based on a case study, conducted in a Spanish graduate program (M.Sc.) in construction management during two consecutive academic years; a questionnaire survey was given to all enrolled students at the beginning of the first semester. The statistical analyses consisted of a principal component analysis of the 21 variables listed as possible explanations for their graduates’ unemployment, and an analysis of variance based on the aforementioned principal components. Respondents recognized the intrinsic internal barriers, which jeopardized their job opportunities, such as their unwillingness to move to another country, their lack of knowledge of a foreign language and communication skills, or their preferences for only well-paid and comfortable jobs. Other perceived problems were related to economic policy, training gaps, labor market structure, graduate surplus, and setbacks related to business management.


Construction management, employment, graduate degree, labor market.


TORRES-MACHÍ, C.; CARRIÓN, A.; YEPES, V.; PELLICER, E. (2013). Employability of graduate students in construction management. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice ASCE, 139(2):163-170. DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000139

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Impacto de la crisis económica en la construcción: lo que opinan los estudiantes


The current economic crisis has specially affected the Spanish construction industry, causing the loss of 1.2 million jobs in the last four years. The increase in the unemployment rate is particularly worrisome for recent graduates in the construction industry. This fact leads to changes in the university degrees related to construction: undergraduate students should be prepared for a new professional environment and recent graduate find it hard to enter the labor market. Low employment opportunities entail a lack of motivation that can cause a significant decrease in the achievement of learning outcomes. This paper seeks to analyze the impact of the crisis in the construction industry from the point of view of the students of a M.Sc. in Construction Management, analyzing the evolution of student’s perception on unemployment and their motivations to enroll in the master degree. For this purpose, a questionnaire was handed out to students of three consecutive classes of the M.Sc. in Construction Management at the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) from 2010 to 2012. A statistical analysis of the survey was developed. This way, some interesting points can be highlighted on the impact of crisis on young construction professionals.


Construction; Economic Crisis; Employment; Motivation; Labor Market; M.Sc. Degree


TORRES-MACHÍ, C.; PELLICER, E.; YEPES, V.; PICORNELL, M. (2013). Impact of the economic crisis in construction: a perspective from graduate students. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 89:640-645.

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