ERIC Number: ED035835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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Factors Affecting the Vocational Choice of Women of Different Ages Selecting Clerical and Secretarial Occupations.
Willmarth, John Gary
An attempt was made to examine the factors affecting women of different ages in their selection of clerical and secretarial occupations. The factors considered were: health, intelligence, interests, previous work experience, stated reasons for present occupational choice, knowledge of employment opportunities and job requirements, influence of parents, teachers, counselors, caseworkers, and friends, and the socioeconomic status of the women's husbands, parents, and friends. Data were obtained from the California Test of Mental Maturity, and interest scale developed from items in the Kuder Preference Record, permanent school records, and a questionnaire. The subjects were 196 women enrolled in the clerical and secretarial areas of the Olympia Vocational-Technical Institute during the 1966-67 and 1967-68 school years. They were divided into three groups: 16-20, 21-30, and 31-58 years. Results of the study implied that younger women were likely to be more interested in the career aspects of a job, while older women were likely to be more interested in the immediate conditions and rewards surrounding the job because of their concern for such things as a need for money, the state of their health, and a desire to obtain additional family luxuries. (author/nl)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Career Choice, Caseworkers, Clerical Occupations, Counselor Client Relationship, Doctoral Dissertations, Employment Opportunities, Experience, Family Influence, Females, Health, Intelligence, Questionnaires, Secretaries, Socioeconomic Status, Standardized Tests, Teacher Influence
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Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: California Test of Mental Maturity