ERIC Number: ED247491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-21
Reference Count: 0
Career Status of Graduates: Implications for Human Development.
Jackson, Dorothy J.
Graduates' perceptions of their education and their success in the marketplace can provide measures of institutional effectiveness. To assess graduates' attitudes towards their education and to determine their career status and vocational success, 1,213 University of Houston graduates were sent a survey questionnaire. An analysis of the results (65% response rate) showed that overall, 90% of the graduates were satisfied with the University but that minorities were less satisfied with their major fields of study than were non-minorities. The five most common job search strategies were networking, phone/walk-in, want-ad, campus recruitment, and employment agencies. Campus recruitment was most effective for women, while networking was most effective for men. Non-minority graduates used networking much more effectively than minority graduates, and obtained higher salaries from their business contacts. Slightly more males than females were employed, though more males were continuing their education. The median salary for all respondents was $20,252, with females receiving a median salary of $17,200, and minority graduates receiving a median salary of $19,300. More than twice as many minority graduates (15%) and four times as many noncitizen graduates (24%) were unemployed as were non-minorities (6.5%), except for Native Americans (0%) and Mexican Americans (5.7%). These findings suggest that tailoring programs to meet individual needs may permit a more effective transition to the workplace. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Houston TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Houston, TX, March 18-21, 1984).