ERIC Number: ED310676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-15
The Job and Career Expectations of Graduating College Students.
Walz, Pat M.; And Others
Expectations that graduating students hold about certain aspects of their future job and career were examined, with focus on expectations regarding starting salary, job tenure, bases for pay raises, and the frequency of performance feedback. The sources of career information used by the college graduates were also examined. Approximately 2,000 graduating seniors were sent surveys, with 447 responding. The survey covered issues regarding their job expectations (tasks, duties, and responsibilities), acquisition of career information, career preparation, and career attitudes. Some of the important conclusions are as follows: expectations regarding salary were generally accurate when compared with actual starting salaries of graduates from the year before; students expected to receive feedback much more often than is the current practice in organizations; students perceived their career information to be moderately accurate, specific as well as general, and important; source use did not differ greatly across academic majors, except that engineering students and business majors indicated a higher use of career development and placement services than other majors; and job specific sources of career information were regarded as more credible, specific, and accurate than general sources of career information. Contains 17 references and 5 tables. (SM)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Planning, College Graduates, Decision Making, Education Work Relationship, Employment Opportunities, Expectation, Higher Education, Job Search Methods, Outcomes of Education
Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Career Development and Placement Services, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1113 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Collegiate Employment Research Dept.