The First

The First "Real" Job

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This book examines the work experiences of twenty-five young men and women in their first jobs following high school. The case studies profiled here describe in detail the process of young workers becoming established in our society. The workplaces in which Kathryn M. Borman and her colleagues spent full shifts once a month for over a year were the locales for young workersa€™ first a€œreala€ jobsa€”jobs they held for more than six months and viewed as a means of entree to adult responsibilities. This study is one of the first to provide an intimate picture of the daily work lives of young factory workers, bank clerks, health spa employees and others who hold jobs in the youth labor market. How jobs provide opportunities for some and hold little hope for advancement for most is vividly described. How employers can improve working conditions for their young employeesa€”especially young womena€”is clearly apparent in this analysis of the workplace as a a€œdemocratic community.a€ Sociologists and others in the fields of education, labor market economics, women's studies, and the anthropology of work will find this volume important reading.On the rise are jobs in the service sector, where there is no tradition of worker- organized efforts to assure rights and benefits for employees. ... Producer services include a widely diverse array of businesses that operate to sustain and support other enterprises. ... These businesses are the key to the related and dependent growth of consumer-directed services, such as those considered in this chapter.

Title:The First "Real" Job
Author:Kathryn M. Borman
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1991-07-03


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