The journey of undecided freshmen college students who participate in the career construction interview process
Voigt, Suzanne Elizabeth
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In light of the changing 21st century world of work, millennial college students are entering the workforce more and more each year as many individuals from the Baby Boomer generation are retiring. These millennial students strive for meaning in their work, which is also reflected in their search for a college major. When traditional-aged freshmen college students arrive on their college campuses, many are undecided in their choice of major. Career counselors utilize a variety of career assessments to assist these undecided students in identifying majors and careers that would be a good fit for their interests and personalities. While many quantitative assessments have been incorporated in the career development process, qualitative assessments, like the Career Construction Interview (CCI), are more recent assessment approaches, which are still being assessed as to whether they adequately support college students in their academic and career related decision making. Through interviews with seven undecided freshmen college students, this research study explored the meaning made by these students who participated in the CCI process. The following five themes emerged: relationship between expectation and satisfaction, personalization, self-awareness, connection to the past, and authenticity and depth.