University students' perceptions of their readiness to enter the workforce upon graduation

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Archer, Christie
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2004
The purpose of this study was to explore and gain a greater understanding of senior university students' perceptions of their readiness to enter the work force following program completion, as well as their perceptions of the availability and helpfulness of career-related resources and services. Due to the exploratory nature of this research, no a priori hypothese were generated. A sample of 324 undergraduate students attending the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada was surveyed using the Comprehensive Career Needs Survey Post-Secondary Form, a revision of the Comprehensive Career Needs Survey developed by Magnusson and Bernes (2001). The resulting data analysis provided an overview of student perceptions of readiness to enter the work force, their thoughts about the availability and usefulness of career-related services and resources, as well as their actual use of those services and resources. This research supports previous findings regarding the benefit of experiential learning as part of the university experience and contributes information regarding the resources that students feel would be most helpful as they make the transition from school to work.
xi, 135 leaves ; 29 cm.
Dissertations, Academic , College graduates -- Alberta -- Lethbridge -- Attitudes , College graduates -- Alberta -- Lethbridge -- Employment , College seniors -- Alberta -- Lethbridge -- Attitudes , University of Lethbridge , School-to-work transition -- Alberta -- Lethbridge