Do Career Interest and Major Alignment Matter?
College of Arts and Sciences
R. Eric Landrum
Career exploration is a critical task during the development of young adults which is important in leading towards satisfying postgraduate lives (Lee, Porfeli, & Hirschi, 2016; Skorikov, & Vondracek, 2007). Psychology graduates enter sales as the primary occupation followed by a category of “other” (Stamm, Lin, & Christidis, 2017). The purpose of our research is to identify the alignment of students’ knowledge of career and increase students’ knowledge of the steps needed to enter their intended career. Alignment is defined as an understanding of the intended career and the accurate knowledge about entering the intended career; for instance, an understanding of expectations and outcomes would be considered a high alignment whereas unmet expectations would be considered low alignment (Landrum, 2018). In Study 1, we will create a questionnaire that identifies students’ alignment with their intended career and their current major (psychology). In Study 2, we will use the questionnaire before and after various interventions to identify effective ways of increasing students’ knowledge and understanding of the alignment between their major and future career. Both studies will be conducted using undergraduate university students as participants.
Abellera, Cierra, "Do Career Interest and Major Alignment Matter?" (2018). 2018 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference. 73.