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ERIC Number: ED019256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 171
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE CAREERS OF ENGLISH MAJORS.
BERRY, ELIZABETH
THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS STUDY WERE TO REVEAL WHAT HAPPENS TO ENGLISH MAJORS AFTER GRADUATION, TO SEPARATE AND EXPLORE SIGNIFICANT FACTORS IN THEIR CAREER DEVELOPMENT, AND TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT SIGNIFICANT TRENDS OR PATTERNS EMERGE. THE SAMPLE POPULATION WAS COMPOSED OF 98 MEN AND 76 WOMEN WHO HAD RECEIVED THE A.B. DEGREE IN ENGLISH BETWEEN 1953 AND 1957 FROM FIVE MIDWEST COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. DATA WERE OBTAINED FROM QUESTIONNAIRES, TRANSCRIPTS SUPPLIED BY THE COOPERATING INSTITUTIONS, AND TAPE-RECORDED INTERVIEWS WITH 25 ENGLISH MAJORS. THE OCCUPATIONS OF THE 31 CAREER WOMEN WERE TOO VARIOUS TO PERMIT DETAILED ANALYSIS OF TYPICAL CAREER PATTERNS, ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOTED THAT MOST HAD RETURNED TO COLLEGE FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDY. OF THE 30 WOMEN NO LONGER EMPLOYED, MOST HAD BEEN TEACHERS OR SECRETARIES, AND A FEW HAD BEEN JOURNALISTS OR WRITERS. FIFTEEN WOMEN HAD NEVER BEEN EMPLOYED FULL-TIME. AMONG THE MEN, 25 EACH WERE IN BUSINESS OR EDUCATION, 15 WERE IN JOURNALISM OR WRITING, 25 IN OTHER PROFESSIONS, SEVEN IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE, AND TWO HAD NO ESTABLISHED CAREER. BOTH THE MEN AND THE WOMEN WERE MOTIVATED BY INTEREST IN THE SUBJECT RATHER THAN BY CAREER CHOICE IN SELECTING ENGLISH AS THEIR MAJOR. THE WOMEN FOUND CAREER CHOICES MORE DIFFICULT TO MAKE AND POSITIONS MORE DIFFICULT TO SECURE THAN DID THE MEN, ALTHOUGH THE MEN WERE NOT READY TO CHOOSE A CAREER UNTIL NEAR OR AFTER GRADUATION. (THIS REPORT IS AVAILABLE FROM THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH, 508 SOUTH SIXTH STREET, CHAMPAIGN, ILL. 61820, STOCK NO. 17109, $3.00.) (RD)
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Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.
Identifiers: National Council of Teachers of English