Eight Discipline Methodology in Internship Program to Improve Future Proof Talents Among Graduate Engineers

  • Murugan Subramaniam, Muhammad Khair Noordin, Murugan Suppramaniam, Muhammad Ridzwan Clement Bin Abdullah


Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) is creating a fresh variety of employment and will trigger extensive modifications not only to business models but also to the labor market; with a massive change predicted in the skill set needed to thrive in the new landscape. Major changes are therefore needed in higher education to guarantee that graduates are equipped with future-proof set of skills and qualities that would assist them to deal with the upcoming revolution that will take place in the working environment and to prevent unemployment. Currently, nine skills are identified as future-proof talents that acknowledge employees as competitive. The nine skills are Values and Ethics, Compassion and Mindfulness, Creativity and Innovation, Holistic, Entrepreneurial and Balance, Resilience, Critical thinking and Problem solving, Leadership, Flexibility and Adaptability, and Language proficiency. The objective of this research is to prove that eight disciplines methodology (8D) is an appropriate approach to enhance the nine future-proof skill set among engineering students. The eight disciplines can synchronize with nine skills to prepare work-ready engineers through internship programs.