This paper aims to analyze and understand the employment opportunities for the profession of industrial designer and their qualifications that are most conducive to recruitment, adopting a national perspective and an international perspective. To achieve this, we chose to develop a two-pronged approach aimed, firstly, to identify pathways to integration in the labor market by industrial designers at the national level, within the Portuguese language space and at the international level, in order to understand the importance of training and other conditioning factors for these paths. On the other hand, we proceeded through surveys to the unveiling of the training components seen as critical to employers, and at the same time, we tried to envision their future needs in order to provide feedback to the training institutions and enhance effective training and consequently employability. As an example of the pathways of professional affirmation of designers, entrepreneurship, at various stages of the careers of designers, has been studied both from a theoretical standpoint, and considering the national reality. In this context, and by way of example, the paper presents a technological project for sustainable design and outlines the contours of a proposal for social entrepreneurship based on that project, aiming to contribute to community development. The work developed for this master's thesis shed light on a perspective of current job offers in this area, analyzed in relation to the skills, qualifications and experience required. Based on two questionnaire studies made (one questionnaire was addressed to designers active in the Portuguese language space, with 141 respondents, and the other was addressed to heads of enterprises within the Portuguese space (Portugal) employing designers, with 19 responses collected), as the empirical contributions to complement the literature review studies conducted to enhance the attainment of the objectives proposed for the study.
|Keywords:||Training and Skills, Entrepreneurship, Employment, Industrial Design, Portuguese Language Space|
Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilha, N/A, Portugal
Professor, Department of Management and Economics, Univerisdade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
Professor, Technological Industrial Design Program, Department of Electromechanical Engineering, Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal