ERIC Number: ED371242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Career Education and Transition from Schooling to Employment.
Hoyt, Kenneth B.
Given today's emerging information-oriented high tech occupational society, fundamental changes are needed in both the educational system and in the occupational society itself to help persons make the transition from schooling to employment. The new concept of "transition from schooling to employment" is one that recognizes: (1) the reality and importance of both paid and unpaid work; (2) the classroom as a workplace; (3) the student as a worker; and (4) the teacher as a worker. Work-based learning approaches such as technical preparation, co-operative education, and youth apprenticeship appear potentially helpful. However, none of these approaches is sufficient by itself to effect the changes needed to prepare persons to be productive workers. The specific vocational skills component provided by vocational/technical education must be supplemented by several additional "transition" components to be developed early in life and to comprise part of the fabric of schooling, including the basic academic skills, productive work habits, a personally meaningful set of work values, general employability skills, career decision-making skills, and a set of job-seeking/finding/getting/holding skills. Additionally, changes in employer attitudes toward youth and the educational system are necessary. For example, employers must recognize incipient changes in the workplace, change their low regard for the high school diploma, and also recognize and support some form of postsecondary vocational/technical education for those who are leaving high school but are not four-year college bound. (MSF)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, Career Education, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, High School Graduates, High Schools, Job Skills, Job Training, Noncollege Bound Students, Postsecondary Education, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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