any process in which an individual endeavours to remodel his or her social behaviour in the expectation of gaining entry to and acceptability in a higher social status or class than that currently occupied.
(1) Jablin (1987, 2001) referred to the process of being socialized into the world of work during childhood and adolescence as vocational anticipatory socialization. Recently, there have been some criticisms of the anticipatory descriptor, with scholars arguing that it devalues or discounts unpaid work as well as other goal-oriented activities by children and adolescents that contribute to career outcomes (for overview, see Clair, 1996).
Therefore, graduate students, by being in the anticipatory socialization stage of the academic profession, begin to internalize a series of meanings through sensemaking that would allow them to anticipate outcomes and events once they become junior faculty.
For example, pre-entry experiences, such as realistic job previews, that share information about the company or the job are known as anticipatory socialization mechanisms which influence post-entry attitudes and behavior (Wanous, 1992).
ANTICIPATORY SOCIALIZATION Early studies of female exotic dancers (see Boles & Garbin, 1974; McCaghy & Skipper, 1972) found that most dancers had fairly broad anticipatory socialization experiences, having been previously employed in an entertainment- related job, having some type of professional training in dance, music or theatre, or having an agent who helped prepare them for the career of exotic dancing.
In Stage 1: Anticipatory Socialization (student's past experience before entering the class) there was not a significant relationship between Realism (student's prior notion of the class) and Congruence (class coverage and demands match student's needs and skills).