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Intro Why do some people decide to remain where they are on the social stratification ladder Individuals often make conscious decisions which will affect their likelihood of an achieving higher status in society Looking at social class from a micro perspective we see that social class is in part determined by the individual due to factors such as choice of education work and religion In addition to these deciding factors we need to look at what motivates people to make decisions that will inhibit or enhance ones ability to obtain higher social status Choice of education Education for an individual during youth is usually determined by a parent or guardian however later in schooling ones schooling is subject to personal choices and preferences Education is directly related to what type of career or quality of career one may receive Various factors influence the choices one may make concerning education Factors which are examined include Importance of personal education cost quality and reputation job market and personal obligations In viewing all these factors we see that ones acquiring social classis a complex decision based process resulting from a multitude of personal choices Importance of personal education may be affected by family and social environment regardless importance of personal education ultimately affects social status If education is of little importance or of significant importance it will affect the quality or extent of education therefore affecting the type of employment you may be qualified and its likelihood of advancement Personal like or dislike of school may result in poor quality of work or lack of completing high school or post secondary therefore limiting your career options One may simply choose not to further his or her education based solely to the fact that they disliked school By choosing to avoid school the individual social status will be affected due to lack of education and lack of career opportunities Individuals
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