ERIC Number: ED234174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Exemplary Program for Recruitment into Nontraditional Careers. Summary Report (Revised).
Houston Community Coll. System, TX.
The Career Aspiration Profile was used to study barriers to the entrance of both men and women into nontraditional careers. Responses were solicited to items dealing with career choice; focus was on those factors perceived as barriers to entrance into nontraditional careers. Respondents were 1350 high school seniors and students from two- and four-year postsecondary institutions. The majority of women wanted to enter female-dominated occupations. Men, to a greater degree, desired to enter male-dominated occupations. Parents, teachers, and, to a much lesser degree, counselors influenced occupational choice. Students' perceived training needs reflected the sex-stereotyped nature of their occupational choices, with males' needs centered around technical skills and females' around interpersonal skills. Students at all levels generally felt most occupational-technical fields were suitable for both sexes, although high school students were more stereotypic in their responses. Male-cited barriers were low salaries and negative attitudes from others. Females cited physical strength and inabilities to perform on the job. Methods rated highest for recruitment into nontraditional careers were career education, experimental work periods, salary information, and job site visits. (Ten recommendations are made.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Education, Career Planning, College Students, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Enrollment Influences, Females, High School Seniors, Males, Nontraditional Occupations, Parent Influence, Sex Fairness, Sex Stereotypes, Student Attitudes, Student Recruitment, Teacher Influence, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.
Authoring Institution: Houston Community Coll. System, TX.