ERIC Number: ED426207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Relationship between Education and Employment: How Do Employers Use Educational Indicators in Hiring? Results from a Participatory Observation.
Aksoy, Hasan Huseyin
A study examined how educational indicators such as high school diplomas, grades, courses taken, and experience are used by employers for hiring purposes. Data were collected through participatory observation (the researcher applied for entry-level and temporary jobs and worked for a few months) and a literature review. The results showed no detailed selection criteria nor any educational qualifications for entry-level temporary jobs. Grades and academic achievement did not seem important to employers, although a high school diploma and mathematics, language, and reasoning abilities were important. Employers especially valued dependability, hard work, and appropriate dress. In general, educators seemed more interested in job applicants' education than in their vocational training, since training can be acquired in a short-term course. Results suggest that students will not value academic achievement if it is not valued in the work world; some changes in policy and employer attitudes may be useful to students. The findings suggest that educators should think of education as preparation for the whole life of individuals, so that students not only graduate but are also able to apply what they learn in the workplace. (Contains 20 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction Region VI, North American Chapter Interdisciplinary Conference (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 1-3, 1998).