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The experience of underemployment for male college graduates Harder, Henry G.


An exploratory study was conducted in order to discover significant events and feelings attached to those events during the experience of underemployment for male college graduates. Fifteen male college graduates of varying ages and post-secondary degrees were interviewed. The qualitative/critical incident methodology adapted by Borgen and Amundson (1984) was used. The experience was found to be comprised of four segments: an initial down period during job search after graduation; an upward partially high period upon receiving employment; a downward spiral as the experience takes hold; and a time when the person either decides to make things change or decides to give up and accept the situation. The results and description of this experience may aid counsellors in developing more effective therapeutic interventions for this population.

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