Success for universities is often measured by student graduation rates and career placement. Most graduates are at a developmental stage of achieving their psychosocial identity where they have a sense of self and their own will, but Erikson (1968) purported that identity continues to evolve through post-adolescent years—“beyond identity” (p. 135). This essay proposes that graduates’ development of professional identities is instrumental for successful careers in the marketplace. University high-impact practices contributes to the evolution of professional identity and cultivates students’ connection with marketplace professionals. Communication and behavior play concurrent roles in the development of many facets of identity, which includes the establishment of a professional identity.
O’Neil, N. B. (2018). University high impact practices: Bridges that support the path to student’s professional identity. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 37(1), 10-12.