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ERIC Number: ED506252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
The Path to Career Success: High School Achievement, Certainty of Career Choice, and College Readiness Make a Difference. Issues In College Success
ACT, Inc.
It is essential for all students to be ready for college and career when they graduate from high school. Postsecondary educators expect high school graduates to be prepared academically for success in postsecondary education, which in turn influences success in the work world. Employers continue to call for workers to have the tools needed to perform well on the job and stay in the job. In the United States today, "all American workers [should] have the opportunity to equip themselves with the necessary tools to succeed in their careers" (U.S. Department of Labor, 2007). To determine how future workers can better prepare for career success, three indicators of early career success were examined: (1) College degrees obtained in career field of interest; (2) Job attainment in career field of interest; and (3) Satisfaction in these jobs. Data reported are from a recent study based on 12,019 full-time employees who earned degrees from 293 colleges or universities in 39 states; these employees had completed the ACT[R] test during high school and were later surveyed about their college experience, their current job, and their job satisfaction. Results demonstrate that academic achievement (as represented by ACT Composite score), certainty about one's occupational choice, and college readiness in all four subject areas (as represented by attainment of the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks) are positively associated with early career success. These factors, separately and in combination, improve students' chances of attaining college degrees and jobs consistent with their occupational choices, as well as increase the likelihood that as employees these students will be satisfied with important aspects of their jobs. (Contains 4 figures and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment