ERIC Number: ED253725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Personal Characteristics Which Make People More Employable in Agribusiness.
Van Shelhamer, C.; Bishop, Douglas
The purpose of this study was to determine what personal characteristics are prerequisites to successful agribusiness employment in Montana. A questionnaire about vocational students' personal characteristics and home and school background was developed, pretested, and mailed to 306 agribusinesses in the state. Seventy-seven responses (26 percent) were received and analyzed on an Apple II+ computer. The study concluded that the personal characteristics most desired by Montana agribusinesses are (1) honesty, (2) willingness to fulfill obligations and promises, (3) ability to listen, speak, and write effectively, (4) ability to follow orders, (5) being on time and using time effectively, and (6) friendliness and cleanliness. The study also found that prospective employees with a farm or ranch background are preferred in Montana and that the chance of obtaining employment in Montana agribusiness is greatly increased by two years of postsecondary education. About 25 percent of the agribusinesses preferred high school graduates with vocational courses, and most businesses gave preference to persons who had been involved in school activities such as Future Farmers of America and athletics. The study recommended that since Montana agribusinesses are often not aware of the vocational agriculture program, teachers should increase their public relations activity. The study also recommended that efforts should be made to increase the number of students being employed on farms as part of their occupational experience, that students should be encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, and that schools should strive to improve their programs to prepare students for employment. The survey instrument and sample responses are appended. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Montana State Office of Public Instruction, Helena. Dept. of Vocational Education Services.
Authoring Institution: Montana State Univ., Bozeman. Dept. of Agricultural and Industrial Education.
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