Aspiration-job match: Age trends in a large, nationally representative sample of young White men

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Age trends in the match between vocational aspirations and actual jobs were studied in a nationally representative sample of 3,730 White males, 16-28 yrs old, who were interviewed yearly for 5 yrs. As the Ss aged, there was greater agreement between jobs and aspirations (classified according to J. L. Holland's typology [see PA, Vol 58:6452]). The distribution of both aspirations and actual jobs also differed with age. More of the older men were engaged in enterprising work, and the distribution of aspirations, which at age 16 diverged markedly from the distribution of jobs, resembled that distribution more closely by age 28. Implications for changing strategies of vocational counseling and research are discussed. (32 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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