ERIC Number: ED499000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Vocation is Not a Dirty Word. Carnegie Perspectives
Studley, Jamienne S.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
The writer comments on the need for more thoughtful ways to introduce undergraduate students to the world of work. Students want to know how to connect their values and goals, their intellectual passions and capacities, the myriad of learning experiences in which they engage during college, and the work of their lives. They are, however, frequently introduced to the world of work and the process of career planning without careful, thoughtful and responsible adult involvement. Dubbing vocational and career considerations the Cinderella of the integration ball, the writer cites faculty unease in dealing with issues of family anxiety about jobs and pressures for relevance and specific workplace preparation; and additional time demands. This is often compounded by overlooking the potential contributions of career services professionals to effective integration by relegating them to the lower status rungs of the student affairs ladder. The worth of college is often promoted in terms of increased lifetime earnings, making it more difficult to define educational success by such measures as graduates' enhanced intellectual and ethical life and capacity for problem-solving, multicultural understanding, and adaptability, measures that are in fact highly correlated with workplace success. It is time, however, writes Studley, for educators to think about what that would look like in undergraduate education in a manner that will broaden student vision, offering examples of people with liberal educations and satisfying careers, and providing students a strong foundation for conducting a process of exploration, reflection, adaptation, and learning.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Career Planning, Higher Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Student Educational Objectives, Values, Student Personnel Services, General Education, Educational Philosophy, Career Counseling, Role of Education
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Menlo Park, CA.