ERIC Number: ED291454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of Former Students of the Executive Secretarial Program. Volume XVI, No. 2.
Jirak, Mary Ann; Lucas, John A.
A study was conducted at Illinois' William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to assess the current employment experiences of students who had been enrolled in the college's Executive Secretarial Program. The study population consisted of all 232 students who completed SEC-237 (Secretarial Seminar and Internship) between fall 1976 and spring 1986, and who majored in the Executive Secretarial Program. Study findings, based on a 57% response rate, included the following: (1) more than 77% of the former Executive Secretarial Program students were employed full-time, at an average salary of $19,800; (2) among those employed, only 5% had left the secretarial field; (3) most former students were working in large offices (over 20 persons) and in large companies (more than 500 employees); (4) 35% of the former students felt that they had been well prepared at WRHC, but that their skills were not fully utilized on the job; (5) only 5% felt they were underprepared for their jobs; (6) the most frequently used types of equipment were copy machines, calculating machines, electric typewriters, and personal computers; and (7) language skills and typing were rated the most valuable basic skills used on the job, though on-the-job training and instruction in office etiquette, oral communication skills, and word processing packages were also considered of high value. The bulk of the study report contains detailed results. The survey instrument is appended. (EJV)
Descriptors: Business Skills, College Graduates, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Income, Office Occupations Education, Outcomes of Education, Questionnaires, Secretaries, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.