ERIC Number: ED178825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
College Education and Employment--The Recent Graduates.
Ochsner, Nancy L.; Solomon, Lewis C.
Until 1970, the ability of the educational system to prepare students for jobs was so widely accepted that support for education was based largely on manpower needs. To the general public, more schooling meant better jobs. During the 1970's, students, faculty, placement officers, and educational policy makers have questioned the usefulness of post-secondary education in work. Two studies discuss a five-year effort to examine the utilization of college training in careers, and the importance of educationally-related jobs to job satisfaction. A sample (N=4,057) of 1961 freshmen answered surveys in 1961, 1971 and 1974. Another sample of 1970 freshmen responded to surveys in 1970 and 1977. Two major questions guided the investigation: How closely related to their college major are the jobs of these college graduates? How satisfied are they with their jobs? One major conclusion was that having a job that was unrelated to one's college major is not in itself sufficient cause for dissatisfaction. (Author/BMW)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Education, College Graduates, Employment Opportunities, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Majors (Students), Surveys, Tables (Data)
CPC Foundation, P.O. Box 2263, Bethlehem, PA 18001 ($9.95)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: College Placement Council, Bethlehem, PA.