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ERIC Number: ED138830
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb-9
Reference Count: 0
Occupational Mobility and Career Planning: What Is Needed?
Stump, Robert W.
According to the author, a review of occupational changes and alternative views of occupations leads to the following conclusions: (1) Occupational mobility--job changing--is a fact of life in the American economy and is likely to continue. (2) The way occupations are generally examined through national surveys does not consider how an individual's abilities or a job's requirements influenced this change. (3) A variety of alternative schemes has been developed for looking at jobs and occupations. Each relies on one or more common elements present in work situations and describes jobs in the ways they relate to this common element. (4) Very few attempts have been made to look at occupational mobility through these schemes, or to test the validity of these schemes through an analysis of occupational mobility. These conclusions point to two primary needs. The first is to continue the search for ways of identifying elements in jobs and individual's abilities that make occupational changes happen. The second is to be creative in examining the actual job movement of individuals through studies of job and occupational mobility. (This document includes a discussion of data collection methods and studies on occupational mobility, and alternative views of occupations--worker trait groups, functional job analysis, and self-directed search.) (TA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Education and Work Group.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Career Educational National Forum (2nd, Washington, D.C., February 8-11, 1976)