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ERIC Number: EJ906629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Students' Perceptions regarding Their Impending Transition out of College
Yazedjian, Ani; Kielaszek, Becki J.; Toews, Michelle L.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v22 n2 p33-48 2010
Although researchers have argued students experience feelings of stress, fear, and uncertainty as they transition from college to work life, there is limited empirical research supporting this argument. Our study filled this gap by exploring 183 fourth-year students' perceptions regarding their impending transition out of the college environment. We found students believed college had prepared them for life after graduation. However, they had ambiguous feelings regarding their impending transition, particularly when it came to their feelings about entering the workforce and gaining financial independence. In dealing with their impending transition, students reported they would turn to their family or friends for support as they moved from college to work life. Based on these findings, we provide suggestions for how institutional personnel can assist students during this time.
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas