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Master of Education (MEd)
Every child has a right to acquire his own realistic selfevaluation of the career he intends to pursue, and the process of exposure to occupational information should be permitted and encouraged to start at an early age. From this point of view we need to foster concepts and techniques designed to facilitate the vocational maturation of the child. Interaction with counselors, teachers, parents, and community will increase the student's ability to understand the opportunities of the world of work as it relates to his aptitudes and interests and values and to enable him to be more aware of the facets of his vocational development. The Importance of Work
While we adults cannot and should not dictate or force the future occupation of the child, we can properly influence him by providing abundant opportunities to learn about himself and the world of work. The chief hazard is not that a youngster will be attracted to the wrong career but that he will fail to find any career which really attracts him, and in which he will be happy. T. H. White made the point in his celebrated children's classic, "Mistress Masham's Repose," he wrote, "the people who liked to be hunters were hunters; those who liked fishing, fished; and anybody who did not like doing anything at all 2 was supported by the others with the greatest care and commiseration, for they considered him to be the most unfortunate of mortals." Importance of Good Selection
Norris (9) claims that the choice of an occupation is usually one of the most important decisions a person makes in a lifetime, and to choose a vocation is actually to choose a way of life. A person spends a large proportion of his waking hours on the job. In fact, many workers spend more time on the job than they do with their families. The average man can expect to work over a period of forty to fifty years and his work affects him in many ways. It can affect his health, both mental and physical. It will partially determine his values, and it will influence his manner of speech, his dress, and even his leisure time activities. It will tend to determine where his family lives, whom they meet, and where his children will go to school. In short, it will affect his whole social and economic status.
Driggs, Chase, "A Review and Construction of Career Development Programs in the Elementary School" (1969). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 904.
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