ERIC Number: ED227793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Public and Nonprofit Sector Employment for Liberal Arts Graduates.
Shinkman, Christopher J.
The hiring practices of large and small organizations were studied in 1981 to provide information on job prospects and recruiting trends in the public and nonprofit sectors, as well as ways in which these factors affect employment opportunities for liberal arts graduates. Attention was also directed to ways college personnel can effectively introduce public and nonprofit work as a career option to liberal arts students. A survey of 89 career counseling directors at four-year colleges and universities in the northeastern United States was conducted, along with a survey of 61 public and nonprofit employers nationwide. College counselors reported that public and nonprofit groups constituted only a small portion of the on-campus recruiters. Federal government recruiters, most commonly Peace Corps-VISTA and the armed forces, represented more than one-third of all public and nonprofit recruiters interviewing on the campuses. The next largest group consisted of associations and research foundations. The employer survey revealed that undergraduate major is of prime importance to public and nonprofit employers, followed by communication skills. Recommendations for schools, students, and employers are offered, and questionnaires and an annotated bibliography of resource materials are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, College Graduates, Education Work Relationship, Employers, Employment Opportunities, Higher Education, Job Applicants, Liberal Arts, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Agencies, Questionnaires, Recruitment
Association of American Colleges, Box LLC, 1818 R Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.