Factors that influence career decisions of first year college students

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Marshall, Karen R.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1998
The main purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that influence career decisions of first year college students. It sought to answer the question: What impact did the career development programs in the education system have on the participants' career decisions? A survey was constructed and pilot study completed by the researcher. The survey was completed by 53 first year college students who graduated from high school between 1993 and 1997. The analysis of the frequency distribution and percentage of response provided valuable information on the influential factors of career decision making. Conclusions provide strong support to continue work experience programs. Parents were identified as being the most influential in the decision making of the participants. There was a notable increase in career goal setting by the students who graduated in 1997. Recommendations included further research ranging from influential actions to suggestions for improving career programs in schools. Career development programs are valuable and should be expanded in future years.
vii, 61 leaves ; 28 cm. --
College freshmen , Educational counseling , Vocational guidance