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ERIC Number: ED001967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Jul
Pages: 25
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IN SEARCH OF A FUTURE.
GRIER, EUNICE S.
FORTY-SIX YOUNG NEGRO MEN WERE INTERVIEWED 5 YEARS AFTER THEIR GRADUATION FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., HIGH SCHOOLS. THIS GROUP WAS CONSIDERED CAPABLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION AT TIME OF GRADUATION. THEIR PARENTS WERE BETTER EDUCATED THAN THE AVERAGE WASHINGTON AREA NEGROES. ALL THE YOUNG MEN HAD HIGH ASPIRATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT. OF THE 46 GRADUATES, 39 TOOK SOME FORM OF POST-HIGH SCHOOL TRAINING. ONLY SEVEN HAD RECEIVED BACHELOR'S DEGREES AFTER 5 YEARS, BUT 18 WERE STILL ENROLLED. THE PRIMARY REASON FOR LEAVING COLLEGE WAS THE GREAT AMOUNT OF CAREER INDECISION. INDECISION RESULTED FROM A NUMBER OF FACTORS. PARENTS ENCOURAGED THE MEN TO ATTEND COLLEGE, BUT NOT FOR ANY SPECIFIC GOAL. THE SCHOOL, IN THE SAME WAY, PROVIDED MUCH MORE EMPHASIS ON COLLEGE OPPORTUNITIES THAN ON REALISTIC CAREER GOALS. BECAUSE THE NEGRO GRADUATE HAD LITTLE CLOSE CONTACT WITH PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE AND PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT, HE HAD NO CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF FUTURE APPLICATION ON HIS TRAINING. THERE IS A NEED FOR MORE INTENSIVE CAREER ORIENTATION SERVICE FOR ALL YOUTH, REGARDLESS OF SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT. A REEVALUATION OF PRESENT COUNSELING TECHNIQUES SHOULD EXAMINE THE SERVICES PROVIDED FOR SUPERIOR STUDENTS. NEW TECHNIQUES SHOULD PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE WITH CREATIVE WORK EXPERIENCES. HOWEVER, EFFORTS TO ORIENT YOUTH TO TAKE UTMOST ADVANTAGE OF THEIR ABILITIES WILL HAVE LITTLE EFFECT IF JOB DISCRIMINATION CONTINUES AT THE PRESENT LEVEL.
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Authoring Institution: Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA