Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Stacey M.B. Wieland
Dr. Leigh Arden Ford
Dr. Leah Omilion-Hodges
Socialization, early jobs, organizational, communication, anticipatory
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Through early work experiences, often in part-time jobs, young people come to learn about the working world. This learning process is often considered a source of anticipatory socialization, or an experience that comes before real work and serves to socialize individuals into particular organizations and vocations. In contrast, this study seeks to understand how individuals are socialized into broader meanings of work through early, part-time work experiences by studying a Youth Employment Program (YEP) aimed at providing hands-on job opportunities for at-risk youth. Drawing upon in-depth interviews, I analyze what young people learned about work and how such learning occurred. This study demonstrates that work socialization is about so much more than work and working as young people in YEP developed in significant ways both as individuals and as workers.
Sandor, Katelyn S., "Understanding Work Socialization: A Qualitative Study of a Youth Employment Program" (2014). Masters Theses. 479.