Preparing T-Shaped Graduates for the Digital Economy

Joanne Carlier, Ann Davis

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As the digital economy continues to grow governments are calling upon universities to ensure that graduates are prepared to enter the job market as highly capable and knowledgeable developers. The challenge of educating new software developers to be able to perform appropriately is presented here in the context of understanding developers as I-Shaped and T-Shaped workers. Following a broad overview of the terms, a qualitative research study of 19 developers
is presented which details the perceptions of software developers regarding differentiation within development roles. The types of skills required by T-Shaped graduates is explored and consideration is made as to the responses
that may be appropriate in developing curricula which prepares graduates for employment
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2017
EventChina Europe International Symposium on Software Engineering Education - Athens, Athens, Greece
Duration: 24 May 201725 May 2017
Conference number: 13th


ConferenceChina Europe International Symposium on Software Engineering Education


  • Digital Economy
  • Software Developers
  • T-Shaped Workers


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