ERIC Number: ED080742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Second Survey of High School Students' Needs for Labor Market Information in Career Decision-Making.
A survey of high school students' attitudes toward their prospective involvement in the world of work and the influences which promote or hinder their employment choices was conducted to contribute data toward the design of a model labor market information system. Two-thirds of the students sampled said that they had reached decisions about their future careers, but the data collected indicated that many of these decisions were reached in the absence of appropriate information about jobs and careers. Although the students claimed that counselors were not providing the information they needed, it was found that the counselors were concentrating on providing the data that the students requested most often: information about the training and education required to get a job. Books and pamphlets on occupations have been the main source of job information for students, and most students considered them to have been of real help. However, the students would prefer direct experience with the world of work. The survey data suggest that the high school students reach career decisions more as the result of parental influences rather than through free choice. This restricted view of alternatives may cause waste of ability and thwarting of ambition, with the attendant dissatisfaction and alienation that come from ill-advised career decisions. The survey data are presented in narrative and tabular form. (MF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Human Factors in Technology Research Group.
Note: Conducted at Fremont High School (Oakland, Calif., June, 1971)