ERIC Number: ED450212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
National Survey of Working America, 1999.
Gallup Organization, Inc., Princeton, NJ.; National Career Development Association, Columbus, OH.
A study examined adults' attitudes and experience related to work and the selection of a career or job. Data were gathered through a telephone survey of a sample of 1,003 adults (659 employed either full- or part-time), 18 years of age and older, conducted in June and July 1999. The following areas were explored: current employment status; the need for help in the last year with selecting or getting a job; sources of help and information in selecting, changing, or getting a job; evaluation of availability and usefulness of information; use of job or career counseling; perceived need for more job training or education; future employment outlook; satisfaction with current job, reasons for leaving a job; how adults get started in a job or career; on-the-job assistance; experience of conflict between job and home; perception of discrimination in the workplace; and perception of globalization. Some of the key findings of the study were the following: (1) 9 percent of adults in the labor force reported needing help in making career plans or in selecting, changing, or getting a job; (2) 41 percent of employed adults reported they started in their job or career through a conscious choice and plan; (3) 80 percent of adults like their job very much or quite a bit; (4) 53 percent of adults say they will need more training or education to maintain or increase their earning power; (5) 29 percent say they experience a great deal or quite a lot of conflict between home and work; (6) most employed adults (73 percent) do not believe discrimination exists at their place of work; and (7) almost 40 percent of employed adults do not believe globalization will affect their job. (The report includes three technical appendixes explaining the survey, and detailed tabulation.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Career Change, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Information Systems, Career Planning, Educational Demand, Employee Attitudes, Employment, Employment Experience, Employment Services, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Family Work Relationship, Global Approach, Job Applicants, Job Application, Job Placement, Job Search Methods, National Surveys, Occupational Information, Occupational Mobility, Telephone Surveys, Work Attitudes, Work Environment
For full text: http://www.ncda.org/pdf/ncdareport.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gallup Organization, Inc., Princeton, NJ.; National Career Development Association, Columbus, OH.