Yulia Valentinovna Potaychuk is Post-graduate Student of Far Eastern State Transportation University.
Modern production and labor market in the domain of railway transport are in need of an entirely new type of worker, i.e. an employee in possession of a high level of social competence, professional adaptation and mobility; therefore the problem of professional growth of railway experts - especially those with secondary special training - is one of the most acute; it is essential to ensure professional progress of the latter, quality and work efficiency in order to guarantee the development of the Far Eastern region. The problems of professional socialization of students within the educational space of the Far Eastern Railroad - the branch of joint stock company ‘Russian Railways' - at present are not sufficiently examined, hence, they demand regular monitoring and effective solutions.
In order to study professional socialization processes of future railway transport experts, the author conducted a sociological research in the form of questionnaires (2009-2011). The survey demonstrated that unification of higher education institutions and secondary special educational institutions into a uniform university complex in light of the new paradigm in education has not only certain advantages, but also specific problems which require solutions.
Key words: social and professional adaptation, monitoring of problems of modernization of educational institutions, university complex, educational space of Far East Railroad – Russian Railroad branch of joint-stock company.