Differential Contributions of Various College Experiences to the Development of Employable Skills
Essential skills employers want from students include communication, critical thinking, collaboration, self-management, professionalism, technological skill and ethical skills. Graduating seniors (n = 31) were surveyed regarding their views on experiences (e.g., course work in the major) that fostered the development of those skills. There were significant differences in ratings of helpfulness among the types of experiences for all skills, except for critical thinking and technological skills. Identifying where students find value in their college experience and exploring the connections various common experiences across the university is an important step toward best preparing students for future challenges.
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