ERIC Number: ED147456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-7
Reference Count: 0
Job Values and Early Employment Experiences: A Longitudinal Study.
Jepsen, David A.; Noeth, Richard J.
A study was conducted to examine the predictive relationship between job values and early employment satisfaction and success as well as to provide information about the stability of job values over time. (Job values refer to generalized concepts of desirable future outcomes anticipated from jobs and describe qualities of satisfactions desired as a result of job performance.) Job value rankings on job security and pay were gathered from a national sample of eleventh graders and studied in relationship to job satisfactions, number of job changes, and job value ratings all reported two years after high school. In a follow-up study conducted in 1976, 5,293 of these students were given a survey which included items on job experience, college training experience, military experience, activities history, background, and plans. Complete data were available on job security rankings from 1,889 subjects and on pay rankings for 2,003 subjects. The findings indicated that approximately the same proportion of young workers were satisfied with the job security and pay in their present jobs regardless of whether they had ranked the respective value high or low in high school. Also job value rankings on job security did not predict frequency of job changes during early employment years. Finally, job value rankings for high school juniors were not consistent with their job value ratings three years later. No sex differences were observed for any of the comparisons. Apparently the use of job value rankings as predictors of future employment experiences (whether applied in exploratory or decisionmaking career guidance activities) must be incorporated with other information in order to predict early employment experiences. (TA)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Career Choice, Development, Employment Experience, Entry Workers, Followup Studies, Grade 11, High School Graduates, High School Students, Income, Job Satisfaction, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Occupational Surveys, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Security (Psychology), Student Characteristics, Values, Work Attitudes, Work Experience
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 7, 1977)