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Career Plans and Experiences of June 1961 [United States]: College Graduates: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968

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Title:Career Plans and Experiences of June 1961 [United States]: College Graduates: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968
Study Number:149
Catalog Date:05/14/1998
Primary Investigator(s):Davis, James A.
Access Restrictions:No
Abstract:The surveys in this panel study were administered by the National Opinion Research Center. The data collection comprises two datasets: Dataset I, including the first four waves of the study, and Dataset II, including data gathered in the first four waves and an additional fifth wave only from those respondents who consistently returned the questionnaires in each wave. College students completing graduation requirements by the end of the spring 1961 semester were asked about their future career plans (Wave 1 of Dataset I). The questionnaire administered in Wave 1 probed areas of career desire versus areas the respondent would actually be involved in. Differences in students' views from freshman year to senior year were also assessed. Other issues investigated were financial goals for the future, peer group influence, and college activities. For the next three years (1962-1964) the same respondents were contacted to compare experiences with previous plans (Waves 2-4). Questions included in Waves 2 through 4 asked what the respondent was doing at that time in relation to what he/she had wanted or anticipated. Additional information on topics such as career satisfaction and current goals was elicited. A fifth wave (Wave 5 of Dataset II) was conducted in 1968 to study the attitudes of the respondents after they had been out of college for seven years. Questions focused on the effects of college on respondents' lives. Respondents' present activities were compared again with their past goals. Demographic information such as sex, age, race, and income was collected in each wave.
Universe:American college students receiving a baccalaureate degree from an eligible institution of higher education at the end of the spring 1961 term.

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