Career goals and retention-related factors among college freshmen

Elva Hull-Blanks, Sharon Kurpius, Christie Befort, Sonja Sollenberger, Megan Foley Nicpon, Laura Huser

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Abstract

The relationships of four types of career goals (job related, school related, value related, and unknown) with factors of school retention, academic performance, self-esteem, educational self-efficacy, and school and career commitment are studied among 401 first-semester college freshmen. Differences in types of goals based on gender are also considered. Students reporting job-related goals are more likely to make positive persistence decisions than students reporting unknown goals. Men are more likely to report value-related goals than women, whereas women are more likely to report job-related goals than men. Implications of these findings for those working in college settings that help foster students' career development and academic success are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-30
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Career Development
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005

Keywords

  • Academic retention
  • Career development
  • Career goals
  • Undergraduates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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    Hull-Blanks, E., Kurpius, S., Befort, C., Sollenberger, S., Nicpon, M. F., & Huser, L. (2005). Career goals and retention-related factors among college freshmen. Journal of Career Development, 32(1), 16-30. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894845305277037