ERIC Number: ED301787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-22
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Factors Influencing Career Aspirations of Senior and Freshmen College Students.
Dunlop, Linda L.; Canale, Joseph R.
Although numerous studies have investigated internal and external factors that influence career aspirations of college students, little has been done to investigate how these factors differentially affect specific grade levels of college students. This study examined several internal and external variables (grade level, gender, college major, self-concept, parental occupation, parental education level, parent career aspiration for child) that might influence the career aspirations of college freshmen and college seniors. College seniors (N=121) and freshmen (N=110) from six academic divisions completed questionnaires assessing demographic information on students and their parents, career aspirations of students and parents, and motivation for a particular career. Subjects also completed the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory. The results showed that subject gender and academic degree level significantly contributed to prediction of career aspirations. Father's job type significantly contributed to freshmen's but not seniors' career aspirations and to males' but not females' career aspirations. College males continued to aspire to traditionally high prestige/male classified careers while females more typically aspired to moderate prestige/female classified careers. Females tended to lower their career aspirations as they continued through the formal educational process. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (59th, Buffalo, NY, April 21-24, 1988).