Attributes of Vocational Excellence

  • Murari SuvediEmail author
  • Ramjee GhimireEmail author
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“Excellence” and “vocational excellence” are buzzwords today, discussed in the literature with various connotations. Individuals want and try to perform their best, but not all succeed. How do some individuals succeed and become exemplary? What makes them the excellent performers? These questions always hound us. This review-based chapter sheds light on excellence and vocational excellence. Grounded on competence, self-regulation, and expertise theories, the chapter begins with defining the term “excellence.” The major portion of the chapter is spent on explaining attributes of vocational excellence. To name a few, individuals with vocational excellence are self-motivated people with high technical as well as soft skills. Ability to network with professionals, to solve problems, to communicate effectively with others, to work successfully as part of a team, and to remain calm and focused on the work are some of the attributes of vocational excellence. The chapter ends with presenting benefits of vocational excellence and ways that educational institutions can contribute to attainment of vocational excellence.


Vocational excellence Attributes Technical skills Soft skills Competence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Community SustainabilityMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kirby Barrick
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  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Education and CommunicationUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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