ERIC Number: ED242226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Career and Lifestyle Aspirations of Boston College Undergraduates.
Hesse-Biber, Sharlene; Gosselin, Joan McGregor
Lifestyle and career plans of Boston College undergraduate students were studied, along with the influences of family and religious background, the college academic environment, and the college social environment. A total of 298 male and 634 female students completed a study questionnaire in 1981. Although both men and women expected to have families and careers, there were clear differences between the sexes in the parental responsibilities they envisioned and in the specific occupations they hoped to enter. Women respondents tended to select careers traditionally defined as acceptable for women and expressed somewhat less confidence that they would be successful in their work than did the men. Students' work and lifestyle goals were shaped primarily by family and friends. While most students held positive views of the college, they credited the academic environment with little influence upon their aspirations. It was found that women tended to use career advisement services later in their academic careers than men did, and that the college did not offer an adequate range of female role models. It was concluded that although Boston College was not hindering women from working toward realistic career goals, it was not directly helping them either. Eleven recommendations are offered for the college. (SW)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Family Influence, Family Life, Females, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Males, Occupational Aspiration, Sex Differences, Sex Role, Student College Relationship, Undergraduate Students
Office of Affirmative Action, McGuinn 405, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boston Coll., Chestnut Hill. Affirmative Action Council.