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There are many obstacles on the journey of obtaining a high school diploma. In addition to taking various core and elective classes, high school students also need essential skills such as public speaking, writing a professional email, talking on the phone, writing resumes and cover letters, creating a LinkedIn, dressing professionally, networking, filling in applications, to become young professionals in the workforce. In the Oregonian, Betsy Hammond reports that “nearly 40 percent of Oregon high school grads don't go to college”. Then creating 40 percent of the Oregon population that will need help in building their professional profile for themselves sooner than many other high school students. According to the literature, one thing teachers can do to enhance their students’ transitions into the workforce is to implement the aforementioned activities in their curriculum. Along with building the stronger intrinsic motivation to learn how to apply the course material in their future endeavors. This will counteract the “extrinsically motivated students [that] may exert only the minimal behavioral and cognitive effort they need to execute a task successfully” (Ormond, 2015, p. 425). The objective of the current study is to review research studies on the topic, and make suggestions for teachers regarding what they can do to improve the next generation’s workforce by providing different ways to instill intrinsic motivation to help in their transition of becoming young professionals. A comprehensive review of the transition from High School students to young professionals will be conducted. Other relevant topics such as high school graduation rates and young adults in the workforce will also be examined.






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