ERIC Number: ED229294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Careers and Curriculum: A Ten Year Study of Choices and Changes for Sociology Majors in the 1970's.
Stevens, Ronald A.; Reynolds, James R.
Career experiences of bachelor's degree graduates in sociology at Winona State University (Minnesota) from Spring 1969 to Summer 1979 are documented. A total of 263 from the 416 graduates responded to questions concerning background information, employment experiences immediately following graduation, present employment circumstances, and the relationship between their academic experience and career development. Approximately 80 percent entered the work force in a wide variety of occupations relatively soon after graduation. Personal contact was the most frequently mentioned source of information for the job; only a small percentage used the university placement office. Most graduates expected their degree to be related to specific types of employment. Social service, clerical, and office occupations were predominately filled by female graduates while males were more likely to be employed in administrative positions. A comparison of present job status to first job, however, revealed a tendency for females to move into administrative positions. Most graduates rated their internship as valuable. Overall, general satisfaction with the curriculum was indicated by the fact that more than 7 out of 10 respondents offered positive statements about the curricular features of their major. Most respondents stressed that greater emphasis should be placed on career counseling and academic advising and that academic content of courses should be integrated with potential career choices. (KC)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, College Graduates, Cross Sectional Studies, Curriculum Evaluation, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Males, Relevance (Education), Sociology, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society (Des Moines, IA, 1982).