ERIC Number: ED227429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
College Female Perceptions of Career Directions.
Weber, Joseph A.; Miller, Mary G.
College home economics students are entering a greater variety of home economics and related professions upon graduation than ever before. Freshmen (N=542) and graduating seniors (N=463) enrolled in the College of Home Economics at Oklahoma State University completed a questionnaire that included multiple choice and Likert-type scale items as well as open-ended questions requesting information on career goals and ambitions. Analyses of results showed that 65% of the freshmen and 55% of the seniors considered it extremely important to have a career in which the results of their endeavors could be seen, and which would offer good opportunities for advancement and a secure future. Only a small percentage of students saw careers as an opportunity to earn a lot of money, gain respect from professional peers, or as a means of gaining high status and prestige. Seniors showed the influence of career planning, with fewer graduating in the areas of home economics education and foods and nutrition and more pursuing jobs in the clothing, textiles, and merchandising areas. (PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Washington, DC, October 13-16, 1982)