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Young professionals habits, Part II: Welcome to WorkEthic August 2, 2006

Posted by Tom in Education, Housekeeping, Workforce.

Pardon the “meta-Convergence”-style navel gazing on this post, but I’m working through the beginnings of this blog and am amazed at what entries generate the most traffic.

Some entries, like “Honda comes to Indiana,” seemed like naturals. The arrival of Honda to southern Indiana sent a shockwave throughout the Great Lakes states, and people naturally are searching for information on how they might be a part of this enormous economic development and workforce preparation project. So I have seen a number of searches related to Honda and Indiana land job searchers on this site.

But the number one entry by far on this blog – from comments, searches and other hits – has been the “7 Good Habits for young professionals” entry. For whatever reason, people are responding to it. I’ve seen searches for “IT professional habits,” “young professionals attitude + problems,” “Environment needs of younger workforce” and many others over the last week alone – and that doesn’t come close to touching the people who are researching the rapidly expanding pool of young professionals networks, like the one I highlighted, “Young professionals step up in Tulsa.”

But, clearly, people are interested in the issues of good habits for younger workers… I’ll presume they’re interested in how to promote the habits in their young workforce if they’re employers; younger workers probably want to know what to do to get ahead.

My employer, WorkOne Northeast, and Indiana Workforce Development have spent quite a bit of time on these very issues. It’s not my area of expertise (I handle the economic development-related planning projects), but I do know that the State is in the process of a statewide rollout of a new, formal certification process for high school juniors and seniors called WorkEthic Certification.

WorkEthic is a sharp program, one that integrates the objective statistical measurements of the high school (discipline record, attendance, grades, etc.) and subjective opinions of teachers (who know the work habits of the students best) to arrive at a scoring methodology to award qualified students a certificate demonstrating that they have good work ethic. This certificate is something that the students can use to get jobs or as additional leverage to apply to post-secondary education institutions.

So, if you want to learn more about WorkEthic and how it’s been applied in northeast Indiana, the original pilot region and the furthest along in rolling the program out, take a look at this page.

I hope this is useful; now, back to your regularly-scheduled dialogue about workforce and economic development…



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