The unpredictability of the current job market requires the development of specialized technical skills, but particularly transferable skills, which allow career construction in a process of constant adaptation to job opportunities and demands. In this process, higher education institutions play a fundamental role, readjusting the training offer, including participation in research and intervention projects. As part of the Demola Portugal Initiative, the Link me up – 1000 Ideias Project has been taking place in 13 Portuguese Polytechnic Institutes, since 2021, focusing on the development of co-creation projects by students, in close collaboration with organizations and with the support of teachers acting as facilitators. Based on the questionnaire that assesses the project's effectiveness, the aim of this study is to analyze, at the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu: i) the profile of participants in the second edition of the project (especially female students, and students of engineering/other technical courses); ii) their degree of satisfaction with their participation (M=5.50, on a scale of 1 to 7), working with colleagues, organizations (the most valued dimension) and teachers/facilitators; iii) the skills developed (emphasis on research, communication and digital literacy); iv) the tools used (more valued than contact platforms). Gender proved to be a key differentiator in entrepreneurship skills (findings show higher results in females). Students who reported more hours of involvement in the project also showed better results in several skills (p˂.05). The study revealed that the project has provided students with quality training experiences that are expected to enhance a successful career in future.
Rosina Fernandes, ESEV and CI&DEI - Insituto Politécnico de Viseu, Portugal
Susana Amante, ESTGV and CI&DEI - Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Portugal