ERIC Number: ED308361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Job Orientation: A Course Useful to All Technical Students.
Troutt-Erwin, Eileen; Isberner, Fred
Today's graduating technical students need more than a sound technical education to obtain personally and professionally rewarding employment; they also need job search skills to compete successfully in the job market. To address this need, a course called "Professional Development" at Southern Illinois University's College of Technical Careers takes students through the job search process. Course objectives include the following: (1) identify and apply career decision-making skills; (2) develop a list of employer contacts and sources of employer information; (3) prepare a resume and cover letter; (4) identify job acquisition and interview skills; (5) identify interpersonal skills used in interviewing; (6) identify professional development activities to maintain and improve skills; and (7) identify and apply a professional code of ethics. A survey of 98 junior and senior technical students was conducted, using a Likert scale, to determine how useful students found the course. The topics of resumes, cover letters, and interviewing were highly rated as useful; however, the topics of compensation packages, psychological inventories, drug testing, job satisfaction, and self-appraisal of abilities were rated less useful than expected. The survey will be conducted again using graduates of the program who have obtained employment, rather than students as they complete the course. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the American Technical Education Association (25th, Nashville, TN, March 1988).