ERIC Number: ED390009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
The Impact of College Student Employment on the Career Decision-Making Process.
Luzzo, Darrell Anthony
Research has found the majority of college students are working in full- or part-time capacities while classes are in session. Research has identified several benefits of college student employment. This study analyzed additional career decision-making benefits associated with college student employment, especially when such employment offers students the opportunity to obtain job experiences in areas related to their career interests. First year college student's (n=305) career interests were measured by Holland's Self-Directed Search--Form CP. Two levels of occupation-interest congruence were specified: incongruent, and congruent. Career decision making variables were assessed by the Career Locus of Control Scale and the Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy Scale. The data from this investigation provide evidence that students who are employed in occupations that are congruent with their career interests possess more of an internal locus of control than other students. However, results question the notion that career decision-making self-efficacy is related to congruence between occupation and career interests. Results emphasize the need for businesses and communities to work together to provide a wide variety of work experiences for college students. Findings also underscore the importance of cooperative learning arrangements and internship programs that provide students with the opportunity to "try out" various career options during their college years. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Association of Student Employment Administrators.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Student Employment Administrators (San Francisco, CA, November 1-2, 1995).