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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