ERIC Number: ED333305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
How Relevant Career Experiences Influence Career Decision Making.
Nelsen, Kendra Kaye
Since the understanding of influences in career decision making (CDM) remains an important question for counselors, this study sought to identify some of the forces that impact CDM, specifically, the impact of relevant career experiences (RCEs) on the CDM process. Relevant Career Experience(s) were defined as any paid or non-paid experience involving activities similar to the activities involved in the chosen career/occupation. An autobiographical sketch, the Career Maturity Inventory-Attitude Scale (CMI-AS), and a Relevant Career Experience (RCE) questionnaire were administered to 37 college students. In order to ascertain the influences of RCEs on college students' CDM, the obtained data were analyzed with respect to three hypotheses. The first hypothesis stated that individuals with at least one RCE would have a higher level of career maturity than individuals without an RCE. The difference in the two groups' career maturity scores was significant and supported this hypothesis. The second hypothesis stated that individuals with at least one RCE would be more satisfied with their career decision than individuals without an RCE. Results showed that the differences between the two groups' levels of satisfaction with their career decisions was not significant. The third hypothesis stated that individuals with at least one RCE would be more confident about implementing their career choice than individuals without an RCE. Support for this hypothesis was evidenced. The evaluation instruments are included. (BHK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Master of Education report, University of Texas at Austin.