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ERIC Number: ED020718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
Pages: 26
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CHOOSING AN OCCUPATION WISELY--A PROPOSAL TO TAKE THE GUESSWORK OUT OF FUTURE VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE.
KILPATRICK, GORDON
ON ENTERING JUNIOR COLLEGE, THE STUDENT HAS MADE OR WILL SOON MAKE AN OCCUPATIONAL CHOICE. HE USUALLY MAKES IT WITHOUT ENOUGH UNDERSTANDING OF HIMSELF. THE COUNSELING OFFICE MAY BE UNDERSTAFFED OR PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH PROGRAM ADVISEMENT RATHER THAN WITH THE PROPER DIRECTION OF THE PROGRAM. HIS CHOICE MAY THEREFORE BE MADE IN RESPONSE TO CURRENT INTERESTS (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) OR TO PARENTAL INFLUENCE, NEITHER OF WHICH MAY RECOGNIZE THE STUDENT'S ABILITY OR POTENTIAL. A SYSTEMS APPROACH IS PROPOSED TO ASSESS THE STUDENT'S ABILITIES AND INTERESTS BY A BATTERY OF TESTS. THE PROFILE OF HIS TEST SCORES IS COMPARED MATHEMATICALLY FOR BEST FIT WITH STATISTICAL RENDITIONS OF PROFILES OF JOB REQUIREMENTS AS DETERMINED BY THE TEST SCORES OF SUCCESSFUL PRACTITIONERS IN MANY JOBS. THE CAREERS FOR WHICH THE STUDENT IS BEST FITTED WILL BE SHOWN IN RANK ORDER. HE MAY THEN SEEK INFORMATION ABOUT THE ONES WITH WHICH HE IS UNFAMILIAR AND ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES IN THOSE AREAS THAT INTEREST HIM. THIS SYSTEM WOULD OBJECTIFY THE PRESENT RANDOM SELECTION PROCESS, MAKING MORE EFFICIENT USE OF THE STUDENT'S, TEACHER'S, AND COUNSELOR'S TIME, AND OF TAX DOLLARS, EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES, AND SOCIETY'S MANPOWER. (HH)
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