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The problem of occupational choice is co-existent with civilization. Every since civilized man began think' ing and dreaming of conquering the vast resources of the universe and; thus, subjecting them to his will, occupational choice has been of paramount concern. Ginzberg points out that these problems continue to exist in our modern society:
In modern society practically every individual, surely, every male, and an increasing number of females, must choose an occupation. In fact, most individuals confront the problem at least twice: once for themselves, and again, as parents, for their children. Some persons, such as teachers, psychologists, and counselors, deal with the problem intermittently or constantly as an essential part of their daily work.
The democratic concept of our American society, as expressed in the preamble to our constitution, fully implies the rights of all its citizens to make choice of their vocations, in securing the blessings of liberty for themselves and their posterities. As the choosing of a vocation has its far-reaching effects, involving many people within our society, great care should be exercised so as to make a wise choice. This experience is shared by Ginsberg as he makes the following observation:
Occupational choice affects both the individual and society. In every decision many people are concerned. There is the adolescent trying to organize his manifold impressions about himself and the external environment so that he can begin to choose intelligently among several alternatives. There are his parents who, aware of their son's problems, question whether they should interfere, and if so, in what manner. There are teachers who, by direction or indirection, present materials and make judgments about various occupations and the way to prepare for them. There are friends and advisors who also influence his decision-making.
Thus, it is clearly reflected that many people are affected by the vocation an individual chooses; and many people are involved in helping an individual to make a vocational decision.
J. M. Drew
Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College
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Harnsberry, H. (1953). A Study Of The Vocational Expectations Of Students Of Prairie View Agricultural And Mechanical College Of Texas. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.pvamu.edu/pvamu-theses/495