ERIC Number: EJ1160391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Generation Me or Meaning? Exploring Meaningful Work in College Students and Career Counselors
Allan, Blake A.; Owens, Rhea L.; Duffy, Ryan D.
Journal of Career Development, v44 n6 p502-515 Dec 2017
Assessing the value of meaningful work among undergraduate students is important for guiding career counseling, especially because today's students are often stereotyped as entitled and uninterested in prosocial or meaningful work. Additionally, understanding the value of meaningful work from the perspectives of career counselors would clarify if services are meeting students' needs. In the current research, we addressed these issues with two studies. In Study 1, a sample of undergraduate students overwhelmingly indicated that they wanted meaningful work, that they thought finding meaningful work was an important goal of career counseling, and that they wanted career counseling to help them find meaningful work. In Study 2, a sample of career counselors reported that they viewed meaningful work as an important goal of career counseling and that meaningful work is something their clients desire. They also reported helping students find work or majors that are meaningful. Implications for practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Undergraduate Students, Student Needs, Counselor Training, Student Attitudes, Counselor Attitudes, Career Choice, Work Attitudes, Values, Statistical Analysis, Majors (Students)
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Education Level: Higher Education
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