Undergraduate Career Decisions: Correlates of Occupational Choice

Undergraduate Career Decisions: Correlates of Occupational Choice

Undergraduate Career Decisions: Correlates of Occupational Choice

Undergraduate Career Decisions: Correlates of Occupational Choice

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Undergraduate Career Preferences was originally written as part of a much broader report, Great Aspirations,NORC Report 90. When the decision was made to publish this report in book form, it was decided to extract the two chapters dealing with the undergraduate years and put them into a separate volume since they, in effect, looked backward into the past of the graduating seniors of 1961 while the remainder of the report dealt with the future of that class. Those two chapters make up the larger part of this volume; that portion of the original study dealing with the graduate school plans of the college seniors has already been published by the Aldine Publishing Company under the title, Great Aspirations: The Graduate School Plans of America's College Seniors.

For this reason, and for the convenience of the reader, we are repeating here the introductory description of the study and the statistical and methodological appendices that appeared in the first volume. Chapter 1 of Great Aspirations, entitled "A Senior Class Portrait," appears here as Appendix 1; "Selected Tabulations By Undergraduate Major," which is Appendix 1 of Great Aspirations, appears here as Appendix 2; and Appendixes 3 to 6 are identical in both volumes.

Data for this report are based on self-administered questionnaires (a copy of which is appended to this report) completed in the spring of 1961 by 33,982 June graduates sampled from 135 colleges and universities. The sample was designed to be representative of June, 1961, graduates receiving degrees rrom either accredited or very large non-accredited institutions granting bachelors' degrees.

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