ERIC Number: ED403824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Transitions to the Workplace: Expectations and Realities for Liberal Arts Graduates. Completion Report for Steele Fellowship, Midwest Association of Colleges & Employers.
Lunney, Carol; And Others
This study examined the career expectations and outcomes of liberal arts graduates. It surveyed 445 seniors majoring in the arts and sciences at 21 selective liberal arts colleges concerning their career beliefs and expectations. A follow-up survey was sent 12-18 months later concerning career skill development, job expectations, career-related experiences, and overall self-concept, with 205 graduates responding. The study found that 23 percent of graduating seniors planned to go to graduate school, 20 percent had a job offer, 31 percent were pursuing both graduate school and employment opportunities, and 26 percent were undecided and pursuing neither. Twelve to 18 months after graduation, 95 percent of the graduates were engaged in school or work, with the vast majority following through on their pre-graduation plans. Humanities graduates had the greatest number and kinds of surprises in employment, and found it difficult to discover opportunities for themselves in the workplace and were often disappointed when they found jobs. Actions that employers and college career centers can take to help alleviate the problems of liberal arts graduates are discussed. (Contains 63 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Collegiate Employment Research Inst.