ERIC Number: ED053296
Record Type: RIE
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A Two Year Experience With New Careers: Summary, Recommendations, and Follow-Up Study.
Wattenberg, Esther; Thompson, Margaret A.
The issues and outcomes uncovered in the Minneapolis New Careers project had three stated goals: (1) to help low-income people enter the job market in the human service occupations, (2) to allow the low income aide to help the middle class professional relate to a variety of minority groups, and (3) to create new careers of socially useful jobs at entry-level with allowances for advancement within or between agencies. After 2 years the followup study findings show the following results: (1) About half the participants whose financial situation permits it are continuing the education they began, (2) Over a third of the enrollees were still employed at their original New Career agencies, (3) Where permanent career ladders are an important goal, it can best be realized by placing enrollees in large agencies with complex tasks, and (4) New Careerists who remained in the program a full 2 years enjoyed higher wages, more built-in job advancement possibilities, and more permanent positions. (RR)
Descriptors: Career Change, Career Ladders, Employment Problems, Followup Studies, Human Services, Low Income Groups, Occupational Mobility, Retraining, School Community Programs, Service Occupations, Student Placement, Work Study Programs
Office of Career Development, Room 207, Riverside Church, 2000 S. 5th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 (no charge)
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Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
Identifiers: New Careers Programs