ERIC Number: EJ701982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-1
Reference Count: 21
Congruency between Occupational Daydreams and Self Directed Search (SDS) Scores among College Students
Miller, Mark J.; Springer, Thomas P.; Tobacyk, Jerome; Wells, Don
College Student Journal, v38 n1 p57 Mar 2004
In this study, the relationship of expressed occupational daydreams and scores on the Self-Directed Search (SDS) were examined. Results were consistent with Holland's theory of careers. Implications for career counselors are discussed. Students were asked to provide specific biographical data (i. e., age, gender, race) and to write down their occupational daydream. Each student was then given the SDS to complete and return it at the next class meeting. After all data were collected, a brief explanation about the study was presented in class. In addition, 2 students turned in incomplete data, leaving a total sample size of 61. Results suggest that career counselors should at least consider asking clients about their occupational daydreams early in the counseling process. Daydreams may provide an intrinsically appealing and global index of the client's orientation to the work world. In addition, career counselors can tap fantasies by having their clients share daydreams and then analyze them for values. Further studies might focus on examining the link between one's occupational daydreams and one's actual occupation as a way of explaining success, stability, or satisfaction. Other studies investigating the relationship between daydreams and results from other inventories may prove helpful to career counselors.
Descriptors: Counselors, Career Planning, Career Counseling, Career Choice, Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Imagination, Student Interests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Self Directed Search