Title page for ETD etd-32298-134558

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hamel, John Carel
Author's Email Address hamel_john@dsmc.dsm.mil
URN etd-32298-134558
Title The College-to-Work Transition Through Temporary Employment Services: A Case Study in an Information Technology Company
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Adult and Continuing Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Wiswell, Albert W. Committee Chair
Boucouvalas, Marcie Committee Member
Cline, Marvin Gerald Committee Member
McKeen, Ronald L. Committee Member
Price, James Committee Member
  • Information Technology
  • College-to-Work Transition
  • Temporary Employment Services
  • Liberal Arts Graduates
Date of Defense 1998-04-15
Availability unrestricted
Transition from the college classroom to the workplace requires certain job knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs). How and where the New Employee acquires these KSAs is mired in the transition between education and the world-of-work.

This dissertation informs the college-to-work transition process through the experiences of college graduate liberal arts majors and of those responsible for integrating the new employees into the organization. Three new employees and two managers working on information technology products and services in a major corporation were interviewed. A grounded theory approach was used to discover patterns in the data. This method allowed the researcher to inform the complexity of the college-to-work transition process.

The researcher discovered a naturally evolving process dominated by informal learning that new employees used to learn about the culture and the specific job skills need in the corporation. In many ways, the participants had evolved a process similar to the apprenticeship system of the middle ages.

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