ERIC Number: ED262225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Students and Career Planning.
Augustin, James W.
This study sought to determine the interests of adult students at the University of Wisconsin in using various types of career-related information and services, to assess the extent to which adult students use campus resources that provide career-related information and services and find them helpful, and to examine the process of selecting a major field of study. A mailed questionnaire was completed by 442 adult (25 years and older) and 459 younger students enrolled at three University of Wisconsin campuses. The survey found that a majority of adults are working toward a college degree primarily for career-related reasons--to develop a new career or to advance in a current job. Business, education, social work, nursing, and accounting are the most popular majors, but 78 other majors are being pursued. A majority of adults reported that personal characteristics such as interests, occupational plans, self-development goals, and abilities and skills have a major influence on choice of field of study. Previous work experience is a major influence on choice of field among adults, but not younger students. Adults also indicated that age is a factor in their choice of a field of study. Half of the adult juniors and seniors had changed their majors at least once, and two-thirds selected their major after enrolling in college. Finally, many adults have great interest in services related to occupations and career options, but few used the career service office; many adult students were unaware of career-related services available to them. The results of the survey are to be used to make career advising information more accessible to adult students. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Green Bay. Assessment Center.