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ERIC Number: EJ1390733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
EISSN: EISSN-2578-2118
Investigating Students' Career-Readiness in the Agricultural Sciences: A Phenomenological Case Study
Parrella, Jean A.; Leggette, Holli R.; Murphrey, Theresa Pesl; Esquivel, Christi
Journal of Research in Technical Careers, v7 n1 p20-44 May 2023
The agricultural industry lacks qualified workers, suggesting students may not participate in opportunities that effectively develop their employability skills. We used a phenomenological case study approach to investigate Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students' career-readiness and factors influencing career-readiness. We conducted interviews with 19 juniors and seniors. Open coding procedures revealed five emergent themes--"Career Advice-Seeking Behavior," "Employability Skills Development," "Network Establishment," "Relevant Experiences," and "Personal Growth." Findings indicate that students do not take advantage of University resources to help them with career preparation. Findings also revealed a lack of employability skills development, especially relating to students' communication and science communication skills. Students identified high-impact experiences they believed improved their employability skills. We recommend strategies for educators to improve agriculture students' career-readiness and offer research recommendations to examine career-readiness factors that may help prepare students to meet 21st century agricultural workforce demands.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Grant or Contract Numbers: 20193841430265