ERIC Number: ED193558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
College and Other Stepping Stones: A Study of Learning Experiences That Contribute to Effective Performance in Early and Long-Run Jobs.
Bisconti, Ann Stouffer; Kessler, Jean G.
Understanding how and why college education contributes to effective job performance may be helpful in preparing students for the world of work. Personal accounts of college graduates place college education in the context of other learning experiences that occurred before and after the college years. Seventy companies representing a variety of employment settings selected 524 respondents who exhibited very good job performance. Extensive history questionnaires filled out by the respondents illustrate patterns of development that led to successful work outcomes. A comparison of graduates of the mid-sixties and mid-seventies shows how various life experiences may contribute differently to various career stages. Responses from both groups indicate that the work-related benefits of college do not occur in isolation but, rather, build on earlier life experiences and provide a foundation for growth. A variety of college experiences can enhance work effectiveness in many ways. The profits to be gained from college education also depend on the students, their selection of courses, approach to learning, and ability to capitalize on what they have learned. Respondents counseled against overspecialization, emphasizing the importance of flexibility and adaptability. (NRB)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, College Graduates, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics, Individual Development, Job Performance, Learning Experience, Personnel Evaluation, Questionnaires, Student Responsibility, Success
The College Placement Council, Inc., P.O. Box 2263, Bethlehem, PA 18001 ($8.95)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Placement Council, Bethlehem, PA.