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ERIC Number: ED361815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Enter at Your Own Risk: Communication Majors, Student Attitudes and Assessments about the "Real World" and Their Readiness for It.
Williams, Sheryl L.; Gajalla, Radhika
A study examined communication majors' attitudes toward job opportunities in their chosen areas (and communication in general) and how communication majors have proactively prepared themselves to enter the work world. A convenience sample of 140 undergraduate students enrolled in communication programs at 4 different universities responded to a survey. Data were analyzed for differences among various demographic factors. Results indicated that student attitudes toward the job market are fairly realistic. They are aware that the market is competitive and that job opportunities may not be abundant. However, they still feel fairly optimistic about their chances of finding a position, even within a six-month period. Students rated their academic departments as mediocre in helping them prepare for the job search, but departments were rated more positively on career preparation. Students themselves have not taken very much initiative in their own job search preparation. They lack knowledge about university resources, and their own job preparation behaviors are limited. Recommendations include departmental internships, formal job search sessions, informal meetings with former graduates of the program, and continued understanding of students' justified fears. (Three tables of data are included; the survey instrument is attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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