Prior research suggests the training needs of professional and managerial women are not being adequately met. To define important training needs, schooling, current and future training needs and utility value of prior schooling were measured with a questionnaire administered to an initial sample of 163, and a replication sample of 207. Results indicated schooling in social/interpersonal skills and vocational skills was perceived as most beneficial. Social/interpersonal, managerial and specific skills were most frequently indicated as areas of current and future training need. Basic skills and general knowledge of the world and its people were perceived as being of most benefit to a subject's work history. Findings suggest professional and managerial women primarily seek training in a range of general skills that can be used across most white-collar occupations, allow adaptablity within a changeable work environment and facilitate career maintenance and advancement.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Vocational Education Research,
Vol. 2, no. 1 (May 1994), p. 83-101