ERIC Number: ED130216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-21
Reference Count: 0
The Predictability of Career Choices of High School Seniors.
Copes, Marvin L.; Richardson, William B.
This study compared the career choices of high school seniors to the actual occupations they entered four years after graduation, to determine the extent to which high school seniors can predict career choices. The Indiana Vocational Technical College (IVTC) Questionnaire, Post High-School Educational and Career Plans of Senior Students was used on a population from three central Indiana public schools. It was found that individuals frequently changed their career choices after graduation. Their occupational grouping perception (white-collar versus blue-collar) and the geographic employment locale were predicted inaccurately. Though more planned post-secondary education than were ultimately involved in it, the plans of those who entered post-secondary education did not change. In view of the poor predictive ability of high school seniors in regard to their careers, it is recommended that: (1) schools should provide activities and experiences that promote viable career choices; (2) attention should be given to providing post-high school occupational training; (3) state level education programs should explore the career education concept; (4) research should be done on the role and influence of economic and cultural conditions in career choice; and (5) longitudinal research studies should be undertaken to shed light on career choice. (Author/KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)