Graduate Student Placement: An Examination of Experience and Career Barriers in a Student Affairs Professional Preparation Program

Amy B Wilson, Jeremy B. Hall, Amanda Alba
Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education  •  Volume 1  •  2016  •  pp. 053-065
This quantitative descriptive study examined the job placement success and challenges of graduate students in a higher education and student affairs professional preparation program at a mid-size public institution in the U.S. Specifically, this study investigated the impact of curricular standards in the form of supervised practice (i.e., internships and graduate assistantships) on the job placement rate of recent alumni. In addition, perceived barriers in the job search process were investigated and examined comparatively by gender. Findings suggest that current curricular standards may not be sufficient for successful placement and that men and women do not differ significantly with respect to perceived barriers in their job search process. Implications for practice include a re-evaluation of curricular standards for student affairs professional preparation programs and a greater understanding of what factors and barriers contribute to successful graduate student placement.
graduate students, professional preparation, job placement, student affairs, higher education administration
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