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Whilst he did not wish to move from working with machines, he would like training, to extend his skills to other types of machines. Unfortunately he did not know how to find out about training courses. Steven explained the apparent ease with which he settled into a steady job by the preparation he received at school. ' Handicapped (maladjusted) very unstable employment history Peter lived with his mother who was physically disabled. He left his boarding school for maladjusted children in July 1974.

1 Alienation and other reactions to work are related to type of occupation and job status. The job status of young people is in general low . It was demonstrated in Chapter 4 that the job status of handicapped young people in this sample was much lower than the non-handicapped. 2 There are two interrelated factors that must be distinguished in this analysis of the 18-year-olds' experience of work: the objective conditions of their working environment and their attitudes towards work. ,3 It is the work situation which is predominant in shaping the young persons' images ofthe world and their place in that world.

These are the primary groups together with examples of constituent jobs: Farming, forestry and fishing Artistic, creative and sporting Professional, managerial, technical Service workers Clerical and office work Manual work (industrial) Armed forces, merchant navy Craftsmen farmer, farm-worker, gamekeeper, gardener creative artist, designer, journalist, model, sportsman, disc jockey teacher, researcher, solicitor, doctor, pilot, nurse, social worker, administrator, priest, draughtsman policeman, fireman, postman, driver, salesman, caterer, hairdresser, shop assistant secretary, clerk, cashier, office machine operator plumber, bricklayer, painter, mechanic, fitter, welder, carpenter, storekeeper, labourer, miner butcher, tailor, cobbler, jeweller Commenting on the industrial distribution of young people in 1964, Carter noted the predominance of manufacturing industry.

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