This research strand focuses on student experiences with career advising programming and how these services influence their career decision-making, self-efficacy, and self-exploration capabilities.
CCWT staff are available to conduct needs assessments on college student perceptions of and interactions with career services at your college or university. These assessments can be customized to your institution’s needs, and would result in a technical report of our findings and recommendations. Please contact Amy Rivera for more information.
In the spring of 2017 a pilot study on undergraduates’ experiences with career services was launched at UW–Madison. This mixed-methods study included focus groups and an online survey with students, with the aim to document their perspectives on the utility of their college’s career services offices, influential factors shaping their career choices, sources of information for making these career decisions, and their tolerance for ambiguity. One of the primary questions guiding this study was whether or not experiences with particular career services programs impacted students' career adaptability, which encompasses their curiosity, control, confidence and concern regarding careers.
CCWT are currently designing a new study on these topics that will build on the pilot study at UW-Madison, but with a greater focus on the following topics: (1) the effects of career services on students' social capital and career-related networks, (2) experiences with career services of first-generation, low-income, and/or under-represented minority students, and (3) training and workplace experience of college career advisors.