Student Identification of Activities that Aid the Development of Employable Skill
Students achieve multiple goals in college, including developing skills employers want (e.g., communication, critical thinking) while engaging in a wide range of activities. Graduating seniors (n = 31) identified experiences that developed employable skills and completed a measure of employable skills self-efficacy. Students reported non-academic activities as most helpful for employment skills. Activities were not correlated to employable skills self-efficacy for any skill except for critical thinking. Students appear to place academic activities in the background when considering the development of employable skills. Instructors may benefit students by intentionally connecting academic efforts to a wide range of essential employable skills.
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