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Educ. Sci. 2017, 7(2), 55; doi:10.3390/educsci7020055

Globalization and Digitalization as Challenges for a Professional Career in Manufacturing Industries—Differences in Awareness and Knowledge of Students from Brazil and Germany

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Departmento de Física, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Rod. Washington Luis, km 235, São Carlos 13565-905, Brazil
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Fakultät Engineering, Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen, Jakobstraße 6, Albstadt-Ebingen 72458, Germany
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Received: 4 February 2017 / Revised: 9 May 2017 / Accepted: 10 May 2017 / Published: 18 May 2017
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Abstract

In this study, we provide the outcomes of a survey with Brazilian and German students about two main topics: (1) students’ willingness and motivation to work abroad; and (2) the students’ awareness about current industrial challenges, their knowledge perception and perspectives about the workplace of the future. We survey 733 college students from technical and natural sciences degrees in the period of October to December 2016 and compare our findings with the existing literature. We analyze the results by stressing the relevance of management’s international experience for the success of company’s internationalization as well as the importance of student’s awareness about current industrial challenges for the development of national industry. The analysis shows that Brazilian students have a significant higher willingness to work abroad and are less money-driven compared to students from Germany. On the other hand, German surveyed students have a higher awareness regarding industrial digitalization than students from Brazil. View Full-Text
Keywords: international career; globalization; digitalization; Industry 4.0; advanced manufacturing international career; globalization; digitalization; Industry 4.0; advanced manufacturing
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Souza De Oliveira, P.; Sommer, L. Globalization and Digitalization as Challenges for a Professional Career in Manufacturing Industries—Differences in Awareness and Knowledge of Students from Brazil and Germany. Educ. Sci. 2017, 7, 55.

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