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First Advisor

Gyant, LaVerne

Second Advisor

Kersh, Renique

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


There is an expectation of college students to transition to their post college workplace with the necessary competencies to be successful. This study sought to explore college students’ perspective on their confidence in career readiness competencies and the experiences and activities in and out of the classroom that they feel contribute to their career readiness. Current college students may provide perspectives that illuminate how to design and develop student activities and events for workplace preparedness; therefore, an exploration into student experiences with university curricula, programs, and student services may give some insight to the learning environments that facilitate opportunities to acquire the desired competencies.

The findings indicate that students present a fairly high level of confidence in their career readiness, knowing what skills are important for their career, and having a level of proficiency and confidence to use the eight NACE Career Readiness Competencies once they graduate and transition to the workplace. Using an open-ended questions, students provided a definition of career readiness that did not fully align with other definitions of career readiness. Students were able to use their own words to provide descriptions of the specific activities and experiences that contributed to the development of each competency and indicated that their development occurs through a combination of activities and experiences.


151 pages




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