ERIC Number: ED276867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec-6
Reference Count: 0
A Career Development Conference for Disadvantaged Young Adults.
Price, William T., Jr.
A career development conference was targeted to disadvantaged young adults who needed assistance in their transition from school to work. Conference participants were 27 economically disadvantaged clients of an agency in southwestern Virginia partially funded by resources from the Job Training Partnership Act. The conference was designed to meet four primary objectives: develop career decision-making and planning skills, develop job seeking skills, develop job retention skills, and enhance each participant's self-esteem and confidence. The curriculum included self-assessments, career decision making, acquisition of knowledge about careers, job seeking skills, and job retention skills. Benefits were felt to be associated with using a conference setting at a major university, including greater concentration at a site removed from participants' homes, provision of new experiences designed to build social skills and self-esteem, presentation of material in a concentrated amount of time, and creation of a learning climate different from the traditional classroom setting. An informal follow-up survey indicated that a majority of participants obtained employment. All who obtained employment indicated that knowledge and skills gained from the conference helped get them a job. (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Vocational Association (Dallas, TX, December 6, 1986). Broken print may affect legibility.