Date of Award
Master of Education (MEd)
David R. Stone
As the complexities of modern life increase, greater caution has to be exercised in the selection of an appropriate vocational choice. Norris, Zeran and Hatch (1960, p. 5) state, "The dramatic changes which have taken place in the world during the past twenty-five years have created new demands on the training programs which furnish the skilled leaders in all vocational pursuits." The foregoing statement certainly points out the vocational implications of our changing society. Mortensen and Schmuller (1951, p. 199) report, "The entire area of interests is today receiving added emphasis." The study of interest continues to occupy an important position of investigation by school counselors and others involved in the area of vocations.
With the shift in the work force many of the vocations young people enter will require considerable training and they should certainly be aware of their interests before they embark on an extended training program. It is vital that young people make appropriate vocational choices. Money may be spent in attempting to achieve a desired goal, if it is determined that the choice is inappropriate then, perhaps, a new goal will have to be established. More important than the money that may be lost are the years that may be lost. This is expressed by Ghiselli (1966, p. 3) when he states, "It is possible to replace lost dollars with other dollars, but time lost from a man's life is utterly irreplaceable."
Interests should be studied and evaluated in order to help young people and adults make appropriate vocational choices and enhance their chances of ultimately achieving vocational success.
Smith, Leland J., "Interest as a Factor in Vocational Choice" (1968). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 905.