ERIC Number: EJ973764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Marketable Job Skills for High School Students: What We Learned from an Evaluation of after School Matters
Alexander, Kendra P.; Hirsch, Barton J.
New Directions for Youth Development, n134 p55-63 Sum 2012
This article summarizes findings from an experimental evaluation of After School Matters (ASM), a paid, apprenticeship-based, after-school program in Chicago for high school students. Analysis of quantitative data from a mock job interview revealed that ASM participants did not demonstrate more marketable job skills than youth in the control group. Qualitative data suggested that the nature of interpersonal interactions and the degree of professional orientation in apprenticeships contributed to variation in marketable job skills across apprenticeships. The article considers the perspective of human resource professionals who participated in the evaluation and describes an interviewing skills curriculum developed in response to the evaluation findings.
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, After School Programs, Employment Interviews, Job Skills, Human Resources, High School Students, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois