ERIC Number: ED206255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Collegiate Sampler: Undergrads Talk About Values, Ambitions, Business.
Emhart Corp., Hartford, CT.; Princeton Research Group, Inc., NJ.
Information on college students' attitudes toward work, material possessions, national issues, the future, and other topics were surveyed in 1980. A sample of undergraduate students who subscribed to "Business Today" magazine were assessed using a four-page mail questionnaire; of the 2,000 questionnaires sent out, 937 were completed. It was found that the students were less worried about the future than were their parents. Most of the students, nine out of 10, largely liberal arts majors in 153 colleges and universities, were confident that they would find a job after graduation and would be successful in keeping it. Three students out of five said that they did not fear unemployment. While a third showed concern about the future, twice as many were either confident or took a calm, wait-and-see attitude. Eighty-three percent expected to be happy in the 1980s and had faith in the free enterprise system. Although the business world was perceived by the students as sometimes being cold and impersonal, three out of four expected to enjoy work and would work even if they did not need to. Most of the students hoped for a job that is varied and challenging and said they would take on as much responsibility as possible. A college education and degree were seen as requisite to getting a good job (53 percent), and this is more important today, according to three out of five students, than it was in their parents' time. The students believed that skill, talent, hard work, and experience are the keys to being successful at work, whereas they did not consider politics, contacts, or luck as important. Despite their orientation to the business world, the majority held some reservations about the "system". A sample survey form is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Achievement Need, Business, Career Planning, Employment Potential, Goal Orientation, Higher Education, Occupational Aspiration, Social Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Values, Vocational Interests, Work Attitudes
John F. Budd, Jr., Emhart Corporation, P.O. Box 2730, Hartford, CT 06101.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Emhart Corp., Hartford, CT.; Princeton Research Group, Inc., NJ.
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