ERIC Number: ED123472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Programs to Aid Unemployed Aerospace Professionals: Implications for Mid-Life Career Redirection.
Thompson, Velma Montoya
The Rand paper on programs facilitating the mid-life career redirection of unemployed aerospace professionals is 1 of 20 policy-related research reports commissioned by the Division of Social Systems and Human Resources in the Research Applied to National Needs Program of the National Science Foundation. It is based on the evaluation of some 300 items of literature on the topic of mid-life career redirection. Evaluation criteria were internal and external validity and policy relevance. The paper evaluates those items which assess the effectiveness of the private and public sectors of our economy to mount schemes to deal with the problem of the involuntary career change of aerospace engineers and scientists. It assesses employment programs ranging from those based on the assumption that comparable jobs are available somewhere in the economy to others which assume that retraining and skills conversion are required in order to get professionals reemployed. The review of the literature revealed that unsuccessful retraining programs failed because of inadequate program design, retraining costs, trainees' age, and the nature of labor market information systems. It was concluded that, if retraining programs were to be successful, counseling and job information services should be a prominent feature of such programs. (Author/BP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.