ERIC Number: ED420796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Life-Patterns, Choices, Careers: 1991-1998. Research Report 17.
Dwyer, Peter; Harwood, Aramiha; Tyler, Debra
A follow-up study of participants in the "Life Patterns of the Post-1970 Generation" project (1,334 of 29,155 initial participants) focused on backgrounds, living situations, work and study involvement, and life experience and future expectations. Data indicated that 49 percent had attained a career job within 3 years of graduating. The majority seemed satisfied about their progress in achieving their main priority in life; about 75 percent were expecting things to improve in the near future; and 23 percent were running into difficulties. Of the 59 percent in full-time jobs, 43 percent had career prospects related to their field of study. The study was designed around two typologies of transition: vocational integration and life patterns. Participants were analyzed using vocational integration: 49 percent were vocationally integrated, 34 were integrating, and 17 were inactive. The following distribution of respondents into the five categories of the life patterns typology (VOCAM) emerged: 27 percent with a Vocational focus, 13 with an Occupational focus, 10 with a Contextual focus, 7 with Altered patterns, and 43 with Mixed patterns. Analysis of the problem of choice revealed the complexity of young people's experience, different levels of awareness of structural factors, and need to allow for a longer time frame for outcomes. Many respondents were acutely aware of factors that inhibit them from succeeding; many tended to blame themselves. (Appendixes include the life-patterns typology, identification of the VOCAM typology groupings, and 34 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Classification, Educational Attitudes, Educational Research, Employment Patterns, Foreign Countries, Graduate Surveys, Job Satisfaction, Life Satisfaction, Occupational Aspiration, Postsecondary Education, Student Attitudes, Vocational Education
Youth Research Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne, Parkville 3052, Victoria, Australia ($10 Australian).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Melbourne Univ., Parkville (Australia). Youth Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia