Educating for Character in Work Readiness Through Vocational Higher Education in the Digital Era

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t. This paper discusses the implementation of a new curriculum in the Financial and
Banking Administration Study Program at the Universitas Indonesia’s Vocational Education
Program, and more specifically, aspects of educating students in the area of character for work
readiness in this digital era. It is a strategy aimed at producing graduates who are ready to
compete within a challenging labor market. This study aims to explain the process and content
of educating for character in the learning activities in the study program. The data were derived
from primary and secondary sources. Data and information from the primary sources were
collected through interviews and observation. Interviews were conducted with lecturers of
subjects in the study program, as well as with students who were involved in the learning
activities. The collected data were analyzed using a content analysis method. Results of the
study describe three stages in the implementation, including the preparation stage,
implementation stage, and evaluation or reflection stage. The object of the core content of
educating for character is to educate and train students regarding respect and responsibility
values. This can be elaborated into four major skills that should be developed, namely,
personal skills, interpersonal skills, group skills, and information technology skills.
Development of the content of educating for character in work readiness was based on the
curriculum of vocational education that relates to society and industry as well as to the digital
era. It involves collaboratively integrating activities in the classroom with activities of serving
the community, as well as the internship program. After completing the course in educating for
character for work readiness, the graduates of the Vocational Education Program of Universitas
Indonesia have a strong personal character, practical experience of work skills, and a positive
attitude, as well as practical knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3rd International Conference on Vocational Higher Education (ICVHE 2018)
PublisherAtlantis Press
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2020


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