Career Choice Patterns and Behavior of Work-Bound Youth During Early Adolescence

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Authors: Jay W. Rojewski and Heeja Kim
Date: Dec. 2003
From: Journal of Career Development(Vol. 30, Issue 2)
Publisher: Springer
Document Type: Author abstract
Length: 243 words
Lexile Measure: 60L

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Byline: Jay W. Rojewski (1), Heeja Kim (2) Keywords: occupational aspirations; career compromise; career development patterns Abstract: A national longitudinal database (NELS: 88-94, 1996) was used to examine the occupational aspiration patterns, vocational preparation, and work-related experiences of adolescents who were either work-bound or college-bound two years after their initial transition from high school to work or postsecondary education. Adolescents' career choice and behavior patterns were analyzed at two separate points. Grades 8 and 10 achievement profiles of work- and unemployment-bound youths were similar; both groups had significantly lower achievement scores than college-bound youths. Socioeconomic status (SES) had considerable influence on determining both occupational aspirations and postsecondary transition status. Two-thirds of all young adults who were work-bound or unemployed/out of the work force were in the lowest two SES groups. Adolescents in the highest SES were four times more likely to be college-bound. Educational aspiration was a more accurate predictor of postsecondary status than occupational aspiration. Work-bound youths did not engage in higher levels of school-based work preparation than college-bound peers. Occupational aspirations of college-bound youth were relatively stable over the two-year period (from Grade 8 to 10), while those of noncollege-bound youths were more volatile. The prestige levels of occupational aspirations, for all youth, were relatively established by early adolescence and did not change significantly over time. Author Affiliation: (1) Department of Occupational Studies, University of Georgia, 210 River's Crossing, Athens, GA, 30602 (2) Touro University, USA Article History: Registration Date: 05/10/2004

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A159130934