As students are enrolled in courses and preparing for their career choices, are colleges and high schools preparing them for the workforce? Are they learning appropriate workforce skills, ethics, and professionalism? One of the future trends in education is to investigate how to better prepare students to successfully enter the workforce and be exposed to proper work ethics, skills, and procedures.
A certain young student graduated from high school and landed her first job position. She was familiar with basic work skills; however, she was nervous in the interview process and did not wear appropriate interview clothing. Although her interview skills were less than ideal, she showed the desire to learn and was hired on part-time status. She showed learning potential by listening and taking direction well and being flexible with work hours, schedules, and job duties. The leadership encouraged and led her to pursue a scholarship opportunity to further her education, yet she failed to follow up on required paperwork submission. She soon neglected to remember why she was hired and the mission of the workplace. Because she was hired on part-time status, she was given few work hours due to workplace needs; therefore, she began to search for additional employment and landed another position with more work hours. She approached the supervisor one morning to inform her of her departure, effective the following day. She assured her current supervisor that she would report for work that afternoon but would not return to work the following day. At the time for her to report for work, she did not show up and could not be contacted. She did not return phone calls or text messages and would not respond to an exit interview.
This scenario is provided as background in an attempt to answer the question about colleges and high schools preparing students for the workforce. Schools and teachers provide learning material to educate students in required curriculum standards, yet they may not be educating them for workplace and professional skills. Hart, Smith, & Clark (1994) indicated that education and training should work together. Schools and workplaces have much to learn from one another and serve great purposes in collaboration. Schools prepare students in education, and workplaces provide technical training; however, schools and workplaces must collaborate to share common needs and goals. There must be a partnership between schools and workplaces to offer possible internships or work programs to give students work experiences and to provide training on appropriate work stills, ethics, and professionalism.
Hart, H., Glick-Smith, J., & Clark, C. (1994). Training in technical communication: Ideas for a partnership between the academy and the workplace. Technical Communication, 41(3), 399. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.library.capella.edu/docview/220957314?accountid=27965