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ERIC Number: ED114026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Jobs and College Graduates. ERIC Higher Education Research Currents.
Trivett, David A.
What is the current employment status of recent college graduates? Are the jobs graduates find satisfactory to them? Why are graduates having difficulty finding jobs? What can students and colleges do to prepare for future employment? Information about the job activity of college graduates is derived from samplings of recruiting activities of companies and organizations, from reports of individual college placement offices, and from Census and Labor surveys. The significant findings and meaning of these figures are relative. There is unemployment among college graduates and there are college graduates in jobs unrelated to their field of interest because they could get no other employment. While explanations for the declining vigor of the market for college graduates range from fairly simple to complex, research indicates that the most critical element in the employment situation for college graduates in the coming years appears to be the necessity for the absorption of some college educated persons into jobs which have not been traditionally filled by persons with a college education, and that the adaptive skills of liberal arts education, not the specific skills of vocational education, is needed for this type of job market. If colleges and universities are to help students in the career development process, they must expose students to the variables involved in career choice early in their college careers, and function as a link between students and a changing world of work. (Author/KE)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Planning, College Graduates, Employment Patterns, Higher Education, Labor Economics, Labor Force Development, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Labor Utilization, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.