ERIC Number: ED224914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Non-Technical Skill Requirements for Entry-Level Professional Employment. A Report of the Experience-Based Education Implementation Research Project.
Murphy, Carol; Jenks, Lynn
A study identified non-technical skills cited by employers as being either necessary or desirable for obtaining employment in the entry-level professional job market. Also collected was preliminary information concerning the extent to which the identified employability skills are outcomes of the postsecondary general studies curriculum. For the first part of the study, 48 empolyers in the San Francisco Bay area and the Salt Lake City area were interviewed to obtain their priorities. For the second part, six educators from four-year postsecondary institutions completed questionnaires designed to generate information about potential usefulness of the study outcomes. Non-technical skill requirements named by employers were of two types--functional skills, especially in the communication (interpersonal) and persuasion categories, and adaptive skills, covering a wide range of attitudes, personality traits, and work habits. Educators' responses to the employers' skill priorities suggested that such information is welcomed by educators, but a communication gap exists. Employability of their graduates was a concern but not a high priority among faculty, an attitude reflected in the curriculum. The most significant barrier to implementing greater opportunities for skill development was attitudinal. (The employer interview form, employer data, and educator questionnaire are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.