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ERIC Number: ED177069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Employment Patterns Among Sociology Majors and Their Implications for Career Planning at Winona State University.
Stevens, Ronald A.; Todd, Catherine
A survey to determine the employment status of sociology majors who had graduated from Winona State University, Minnesota, between Spring 1969 and Summer 1975 is described. The vast majority of the 157 respondents were in the labor force; under six percent were unemployed at the time of the survey. Findings indicate that most graduates became aware of their first job through personal contact while little effective use was made of services such as the university placement center. The three most important considerations in accepting jobs were financial need, geographic location, and relation to academic training. In addition to earning higher salaries, male respondents were also occupationally and geographically more mobile than females. Three out of four respondents agreed that their educational background in sociology had been beneficial in their work experience. Two complaints characterize the majority of negative statements. One criticism was that the curriculum had been too general; the second, that the degree did not help in finding a job. Suggestions for sociology departments in preparing students for careers at the bachelor's level are offered; 1) faculty should be better informed about available careers and should communicate this information to students; 2) students interested in working with people should be encouraged to do volunteer work in human service agencies; 3) internships should be available and should include placements in a wide variety of settings; 4) curriculum changes should be introduced; and 5) more attention should be focused on the job seeking process. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at Midwest Sociological Society Meeting (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1977)