ERIC Number: ED303624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May-1
Reference Count: N/A
Planning for and Working in America: Report of a National Survey.
National Career Development Association, Ellicott City, MD.
A survey was conducted by the Gallup Organization to determine how workers plan and prepare for work and what conditions and activities influence worker performance in the United States. Telephone interviews were conducted with a cross-section of 1,006 adults, 735 of whom were employed outside the home. The survey found that many workers are changing or expect to change jobs. Problems in the workplace seem to be the underlying factors related to job change. Poor planning may also account for career change, showing an overwhelming need for student and worker assistance in career planning and use of information. The study showed a lack of such resources and/or a failure of persons, especially minorities, to use the career planning resources that were available. The survey also showed that a large number of minorities still believe that discrimination is a barrier, and requests for employees to perform illegal or unethical activities are a major concern. As a result of the study, nine recommendations for change were made. The recommendations deal with improving vocational education, improving career counseling programs both in schools and in businesses, teaching about ethics, and increasing affirmative action. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Career Development Association, Ellicott City, MD.