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ERIC Number: EJ883209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Alumni Perceptions of Workforce Readiness
Landrum, R. Eric; Hettich, Paul I.; Wilner, Abby
Teaching of Psychology, v37 n2 p97-106 2010
We surveyed psychology alumni (N = 78) about (a) their preparedness and competency on 54 areas of workforce readiness, (b) changes since graduation on 33 adjectives describing emotional states and personality qualities, and (c) suggestions for universities about how to provide opportunities that enhance workforce success. Among the highest rated qualities expected in the workplace were self-discipline and responsibility, and among the greatest changes in emotional qualities were increased confidence, independence, and maturity. Respondents also provided revealing open-ended suggestions for improving workplace readiness and success. We discuss these results in light of recent, national attention to workforce readiness, the American Psychological Association's (APA) "Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major" (APA, 2007), and future steps for psychology educators to help current students make the transition to successful alumni. (Contains 1 note and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Adjective Check List