ERIC Number: ED297251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
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Career Development Needs of Students.
Boyd, Patti A.
Undecided college students, those students who have entered college without declaring a major field of study, make up a significant population. Counselors can help undecided college students by using a four-step career decision-making model, consisting of the steps of self-awareness, career information, decision-making, and an action plan. In the first step, students reflect upon themselves and generate self-information about their interests, values, skills and abilities, experiences, and personality characteristics. In the second step, students gather career information, such as the nature of work tasks, salaries, training pathways, employment outlook, work environment, opportunities for advancement, related occupations, hours, personal qualities necessary, and how to obtain more information. In the third step, students rate the tentative careers on aspects related to their self-information. The final step involves developing an action plan to follow in reaching career goals. Plans might include developing specific skills, acquiring specific training, joining professional groups, acquiring volunteer or work experience, writing a resume, making contacts in the field, or beginning a job search. These steps have been used by graduate and undergraduate student paraprofessionals to help undecided students at the University of Toledo's Career Information Center. The program has received positive support from the university administration and very positive responses from student users. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Ohio Association for Counseling and Development (Columbus, OH, October 31-November 2, 1988).