• Raluca Mihaela Bârsan Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania
  • Mihaela Rotaru Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania
  • Vlad Andrei Bârsan Continental Automotive Systems SRL, Romania


Orientation Programs, Soft Skills, Higher Education, Employability,


The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of orientation programs on student soft skills at Engineering Faculty of Sibiu during a period of 8 years. A number of theoretical and conceptual framework are used in our study, as well as a mixed method research (quantitative and qualitative). Specifically, we sought to answer: What soft skills are most important for scientists and recruiters? Are those soft skills learnable? Will a special developed Orientation Program increase students’ chances to score higher in employability rankings? The most important findings from the qualitative investigation relate to 3 hypotheses. The survey covers 3 topics: involvement in student unions as a result of a special designed Orientation Program, the number of team building activities students take part in and awareness of their rights. These 3 topics are seen as an indicator of key skill sets employers will look for by 2020.


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