ERIC Number: EJ804476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Influential Factors Regarding the Career Development of African American College Students: A Focus Group Approach
Falconer, Jameca W.; Hays, Kimberly A.
Journal of Career Development, v32 n3 p219-233 2006
Despite reporting greater needs for career planning information, African American students are often less likely to use the services available to them. Understanding the factors influencing the career development of African American students is therefore critical if these students are to succeed both academically and in the world of work. This study explores the career influences of 13 African American college students in an attempt to gain knowledge about suggestions for improving career services for minorities at a large Midwestern university. Results also show that African American students would like to see more outreach, more peer guidance, and more visible and available career mentors. Results underscore the significance of mentors for African American students. Implications point to ways to strengthen career services for minority students in hopes that African American students will start to increase their use of these services.
Descriptors: African American Students, College Students, Career Development, Mentors, Focus Groups, Career Centers, Career Counseling, Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Influence, Family Influence, Community Influence, Social Networks, Program Improvement, Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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