Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

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The demand for more and better qualified workers has risen sharply in the past decade. The changing technology of civilization is demanding less unskilled jobs and more professional and skilled jobs. It is the school’s responsibility to try to locate the vocational choice of students by the time they graduate from high school, so they need not waste their immediate years after graduation trying to figure out what vocational choice they plan to follow. It is understood that people may change their occupational choice in later life because of technical changes, illness, accident, or because their job may be a young man’s job in which age may limit progress and earnings. School systems have more and more come to recognize an obligation to inform themselves of what happens to students after they graduate, and to use this knowledge in guiding the student to meet his future needs. Since counseling is a requirement in all first class schools, follow-up is a responsibility which high schools must assume. The schools have often been confronted with the many types of preparation for their students. Considerable interest has been raised concerning the type of training to be offered. Many benefits may be deprived from the findings reported here. High schools may use the information for comparison and evaluation of their own programs. Statement of the problem: The plan of this study is to answer some of the questions asked about our high school graduates: (1) How has the high school curriculum of four years influenced the choice of vocation? (2) What high school subjects should be added or dropped from the curriculum based on findings from the educational preparation and choice of vocations? (3) What differences in higher education and choice of vocations occurred between the above average, the average, and below average ranks in scholarships? It is necessary to present the findings in a manner as helpful as possible and to offer suggestions where possible for the improvement of guidance in schools.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Vocational guidance


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South Dakota State University