ERIC Number: ED110808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May-15
Reference Count: N/A
Career Alternatives for Liberal Arts Graduates: A Follow-Up Study.
The 1974 followup study of the 1972 liberal arts graduates of Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) was conducted to provide information about the present status of graduates regarding their rate, variety, and level of employment and to gain input on whether the College of Liberal Arts should place more emphasis on career preparation. Data were obtained two and one-half years after graduation, allowing sufficient time for employment stability. Findings on the 375 respondents of the 735 liberal arts graduates indicated: 85.9 percent in the labor force; overall unemployment of 7.5 percent; about 40 percent pursuing an advanced degree; employment in the whole range of organizations, occupations, and industries; 76.5 percent realizing satisfaction with their present job and 71.2 percent realizing career potential; and over 50 percent of full-time employees with salaries over $10,000. Relationship of job to major was not a highly significant indicator of employment level. While 70.5 percent of the graduates would choose the same or another liberal arts major, approximately 75 percent wanted more career preparation in their academic programs. Half of the document consists of appendixes of related tables, research methodology, and a copy of the questionnaire. (EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale. Coll. of Liberal Arts.