Event Title

Career Readiness in the Health and Human Services: Competency Development Through Internships

Presenter Information

Lauren Haley, Ed.D. Higher Education

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Clarissa Uttley

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

5-3-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

5-3-2018 4:00 PM

Abstract

Career development is widely argued by students, employers, and other stakeholder groups to be a primary purpose of higher education. This quantitative study examined the essential need of eight career readiness competencies within the health and human services (HHS) fields and the extent to which HHS students develop these skills through their internship experiences. Likert-scale survey responses from students and employers were analyzed for descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, paired samples t-tests, and analyses of variance. Results indicated that the eight competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) are considered essential to post-graduate success in the health and human services sector and that students demonstrate statistically significant improvement in their competency levels from pre- to post-internship, across all eight domains, per student and employer assessments. Important implications relate to curriculum development, workforce partnerships, and future research.

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May 3rd, 3:00 PM May 3rd, 4:00 PM

Career Readiness in the Health and Human Services: Competency Development Through Internships

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Career development is widely argued by students, employers, and other stakeholder groups to be a primary purpose of higher education. This quantitative study examined the essential need of eight career readiness competencies within the health and human services (HHS) fields and the extent to which HHS students develop these skills through their internship experiences. Likert-scale survey responses from students and employers were analyzed for descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, paired samples t-tests, and analyses of variance. Results indicated that the eight competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) are considered essential to post-graduate success in the health and human services sector and that students demonstrate statistically significant improvement in their competency levels from pre- to post-internship, across all eight domains, per student and employer assessments. Important implications relate to curriculum development, workforce partnerships, and future research.