Title: Some Insights into the Career Orientations and Expectations of Nuclear Engineering Students and Early-Career Professionals in the Nuclear Sector
Authors: VON ESTORFF UlrikWAJSKOP Stephane
Citation: NESTet, ISBN: 978-92-95064-12-6
Publisher: ENS
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC62442
URI: www.euronuclear.org
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The nuclear industry in many countries faces an increasing challenge in recruiting staff. The lack of existing skills is viewed by all industrial players as one of the biggest challenges to succeed in the marketplace. Moreover, there is evidence of existing competition among industries to attract well educated and skilled nuclear experts. As it is necessary to "maintain in the European Union a high level of training in the nuclear field" and preserve the skills in the nuclear field that we already have (Council conclusions of December 1st 2008), in order to guarantee the nuclear safety (Council Directive of June 25th 2009), it is also important to know how to best attract new highly skilled employees into the nuclear industry. The Joint Research Centre's Institute for Energy (JRC/IE) manages the European Human Resources Observatory for the Nuclear Energy Sector (EHRO-N) with the objective to develop a long-term system of human resources trend-analysis in the nuclear energy sector of the EU. The Careers International Group (CI), on the other hand, is a private actor and an organizer of international recruitment events, also for the nuclear industry. With its substantial global database of young nuclear engineers and professionals, potential visitors to the mentioned recruitment events, CI was considered as a good starting point toward examining the career-related attitudes of the young nuclear generation. The subject of this paper is to disseminate the results of the survey conducted jointly by JRC/IE and CI with the objective to assess the career orientations, attitudes and expectations of nuclear engineering students and young professionals in the nuclear energy field.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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