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ERIC Number: EJ1192623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Perceptions of Workforce Readiness in Agriculture
Hendrix, Rachel; Morrison, Carley C.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v59 n3 p213-228 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine postsecondary agriculture students' perceptions of and their personal competence in various workforce readiness skills. In addition, we sought to determine students' views of the importance of workforce readiness skills. The findings indicate that the participants felt most confident in their abilities to work independently and without supervision, demonstrate loyalty, and act in a manner that displays responsibility and respect for others. They felt least confident in all areas of communication, but especially in written formats such as formal reports and documents. Rankings of skill importance revealed that participants believed maintaining harmony in the workplace and building positive relationships were considered to be most essential, with personal responsibility and communication close behind. Finally, an analysis of entry-level job announcements indicates that the skills most sought by employers include communication, teamwork, attitude, creativity, flexibility, and independence.
Descriptors: College Students, Agricultural Education, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Competence, Career Readiness, Job Skills, Employment Qualifications
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi