Proposal Title

Becoming a Professional: Exploration of IT Students' Identities as They Prepare to Graduate

Proposal Abstract

As Information Technology students contemplate graduating and looking for a job, they comment on not having the experience that employers want. They often do not see their experiential project work, internships, or capstone projects as experience they can share during an interview. To guide students to begin thinking about their professional development activities as valuable experiences that can be shared with prospective employers, a professional development (PD) category was added to an upper-level training course that allowed students to select a variety of PD activities including attending workshops, mentoring students, and serving in leadership positions in professional organizations. This poster will share the results of a qualitative study of students' changing identity during the fall 2012 Training Systems course. Data collected are blog postings, tweets, e-portfolios, and transcripts from focus group interviews.

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Mar 28th, 4:00 PM Mar 28th, 5:30 PM

Becoming a Professional: Exploration of IT Students' Identities as They Prepare to Graduate

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As Information Technology students contemplate graduating and looking for a job, they comment on not having the experience that employers want. They often do not see their experiential project work, internships, or capstone projects as experience they can share during an interview. To guide students to begin thinking about their professional development activities as valuable experiences that can be shared with prospective employers, a professional development (PD) category was added to an upper-level training course that allowed students to select a variety of PD activities including attending workshops, mentoring students, and serving in leadership positions in professional organizations. This poster will share the results of a qualitative study of students' changing identity during the fall 2012 Training Systems course. Data collected are blog postings, tweets, e-portfolios, and transcripts from focus group interviews.