ERIC Number: ED309679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-21
Reference Count: N/A
Examination of the Conceptualization and Measurement of Career Plateau: A Comparative Analysis.
Chao, Georgia; Gardner, Philip D.
Information is presented on a study examining how an individually-based measure of career plateau compares with the traditional job tenure conceptualization in their relationships with hypothesized plateau outcomes. Participants in the study were baccalaureate graduates from Michigan State University who took part in a career development study. Alumni represented 10 classes between 1952 and 1985. A perceptual measure of career plateau was obtained from three items related to opportunities for promotion and career future. The traditional measure of plateau, job tenure, was also available. Outcome measures included job satisfaction, satisfaction with the organization, career planning, and career involvement. Results indicate the following: the perceptually-based measure of career plateaus accounted for significantly more variance in job satisfaction, organizational identification, career involvement, and career planning than the job tenure measure; career plateaus were associated with lower levels of job satisfaction, career planning, and career involvement; and importance measures of career growth and promotion opportunities did not add to the explanation of job satisfaction and organizational identity but did have an impact on career planning and career involvement. Contains 27 references. (SM)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Planning, College Graduates, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Outcomes of Education, Promotion (Occupational), State Surveys, Tenure
Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Career Development and Placement Services, 113 Student Services Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1113 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan