ERIC Number: ED171182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Plans and Career Choices of Bachelor's Degree Recipients at Fitchburg State College.
Merrimack Education Center, Chelmsford, MA.
Fitchburg State College, Massachusetts, conducted a study to determine the relationship of undergraduate degree work with the actual career choice of students. Study instruments were: a revision of the "Occupation and Career Interest Survey" developed in Indiana, a test of major fields of study based upon the "Higher Education General Information Survey Taxonomy," and a list of occupation and career titles and groupings, based upon the occupational listings of the Bureau of the Census. The survey population included all bachelor degree recipients for June 1978 at Fitchburg State College. Usable responses were obtained from 404 students. Data and analyses are presented on the following areas: respondent's age and marital status, high school location, parents occupation and educational attainment, grade point averages, major fields of study, expected highest level of education, career plans and aspirations, undergraduate major and career relatedness, desired career work environment, factors involved in career decision, reasons for changing career choice, expected career residence location, and evaluation of career counseling received. The findings suggest that the concept of career guidance and how students receive information should be reexamined, especially since 44 percent seek careers in education and previous year graduate studies show that only 27 percent gained employment in education. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Merrimack Education Center, Chelmsford, MA.