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ERIC Number: EJ782229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1864
No Worries about the Future: Young Adults' Perceptions of Risk and Opportunity while Attending Technical College
Barabasch, Antje
Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, v43 n2 p20-44 Sum 2006
In this ever-changing economy, young adults must remain flexible and adaptable as they transition from school to work and plan their future life courses. It is difficult for today's youth to choose training programs which will guarantee them secure, long-term employment. As the future grows less predictable, greater uncertainty and risk are involved in each career decision. This study concerns young adults enrolled in vocational education and training programs. The study sought to investigate the complex relationship between macro-structure influences such as social policy and job-market opportunities; microstructure pressures, which include such things as family obligations, peer influences, and personal goals; and an individual's perception of risk and opportunity as he or she plans for the future and makes the transition from school to work. The current study drew on individuals' narratives describing their future goals and life plans. In addition to questionnaires, information was gathered through focus groups and biographical interviews which were conducted with students enrolled in technical college training programs in a major city in the southeastern United States.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States