VISTAS Career Counseling and Development

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Career Course Impact on College Students’ Career Decision and Affective States

Vanessa F. Freeman, Janet G. Lenz, and Robert C. Reardon


The  impact  of  a  career  course  intervention  on  students’  career decision and affective states  was  examined. Participants were 108  undergraduate  students enrolled  in  a  credit-based career development course at a large university. Two factors were identified; the career decision state, as measured with the Occupational Alternatives Questionnaire and Satisfaction with Choice Question, and the career affective state, as measured with the Goal Instability Scale and Career Thoughts Inventory. Findings revealed that the career course had a significant positive effect on both factors. Implications for practice and further research are discussed.

Keywords: career course, career decision making, career interventions

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