ERIC Number: ED367906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Career Guidance and the Adolescent.
Thigpen, Carolyn; Henderson, Alberta
The career guidance component of the Mississippi State University/West Point Enrichment Project involved three sessions: self-inventory, career exploration, and personal development guidance counseling. The career guidance component was developed to provide at-risk adolescents with the experience of career exploration and information about themselves and the world of work as it relates to education and life. Two instruments were used to assess individual interests and personality traits: the Holland Self-Directed Search, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Career exploration was facilitated through use of the computer program Choices by Careerware. The personal development guidance counseling components consisted of 3 individual 20-minute sessions handled by 16 graduate students who acted as counselors for at least 3 students each. The career guidance component served as a builder of self-esteem and an awareness of relationship to others. It also illustrated the student's part in the picture of life and the world of work. Many students realized how varied their interests were. Most important, students saw the relationship of education to salary and jobs through their investigations. They also realized that their likes, interests, skills, and capabilities were important in choosing a career. They learned about occupations they had not heard of before and discovered more detailed information on careers that they knew about. (Contains 10 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Holland Self Directed Search; Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).