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Full Speed Ahead: Using a Senior Capstone Course to Facilitate Students' Professional Transition

Full Speed Ahead: Using a Senior Capstone Course to Facilitate Students' Professional Transition

“Results from the survey indicated that students felt more confident (gave a higher rating) in the following professional development areas after completing the course: (1) resume writing, (2) job searching, (3) interviewing, (4) verbal communication, and (5) research skills. Additionally, students indicated a higher awareness of the knowledge, experience, skills and competencies required for their chosen professions after completing the course (average response was 5 on a 1–5 scale, with 5 indicating strongly agree). Most importantly, the results of the survey suggested that, after the completion of this course, students felt more confident in their abilities to transition successfully into the workplace (average response was 5). Students felt that the two aspects of the course that were most helpful for them in relation to their professional development were (1) the creation of the professional portfolio (67 percent) and (2) the professional poster presentation (32 percent).” (p.20)

Appleby, K. M., Foster, E., & Kamusoko, S. (2016). Full Speed Ahead: Using a Senior Capstone Course to Facilitate Students' Professional Transition. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 87(3), 16-21. doi:10.1080/07303084.2015.1131214

Resource Theme(s): Development of professional and transitional skills in the context of a capstone course, Student skill developments

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