Proposal Title

How Podcasting Enhances Vocational Awareness and Professional Development

Proposal Abstract

We assessed the effectiveness of bi-monthly podcasts recorded by psychology students in raising vocational awareness for students entering the field of psychology. The goal was to weigh the benefits students receive from participating in such a group and obtain a measurement of the extent to which the media provides lasting skills development. A pre-test given the first week of September 2014 provided a baseline for students’ knowledge and skill level before beginning participation in the podcast production team. In November 2014, students will take a post-test to dictate the degree to which their professional connectivity increased, their rapport with professors improved, and how much they feel their development in skills such as interviewing, public speaking, and coordinating improved. Students will also consider their development in technological skills from recording, editing, and publishing podcasts. The objective of this project is to determine the value of instilling a student led podcast production team as a tool for raising vocational awareness for all students in the psychology department, as well as increasing opportunities for students to make connections, develop academic and professional relationships with professors, and discover internship prospects.

Location

Room 1220 B

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 26th, 11:00 AM Mar 26th, 11:45 AM

How Podcasting Enhances Vocational Awareness and Professional Development

Room 1220 B

We assessed the effectiveness of bi-monthly podcasts recorded by psychology students in raising vocational awareness for students entering the field of psychology. The goal was to weigh the benefits students receive from participating in such a group and obtain a measurement of the extent to which the media provides lasting skills development. A pre-test given the first week of September 2014 provided a baseline for students’ knowledge and skill level before beginning participation in the podcast production team. In November 2014, students will take a post-test to dictate the degree to which their professional connectivity increased, their rapport with professors improved, and how much they feel their development in skills such as interviewing, public speaking, and coordinating improved. Students will also consider their development in technological skills from recording, editing, and publishing podcasts. The objective of this project is to determine the value of instilling a student led podcast production team as a tool for raising vocational awareness for all students in the psychology department, as well as increasing opportunities for students to make connections, develop academic and professional relationships with professors, and discover internship prospects.