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Career decision-making and related preparation can be problematic for undergraduates approaching graduation. Previous studies reveal lack of identity formation can be an important barrier that partially accounts for challenge. Accordingly, this study explores whether a written project that prompts students to look at key experiences that shape identity can strengthen identity formation and career-decision-making in this group. Students completed an LS paper as well as questionnaires before and after paper submission. It was expected that undergraduate identity formation and career decision-making would increase following paper completion. Results partially confirmed this hypothesis. Statistically significant differences were found in career decision making (students endorsed greater career decision-making upon LS completion), t(19)=2.37, p<.05 but not identity formation, although a trend toward increased identity formation emerged. Accordingly, the LS paper could be a viable activity for increasing career readiness in college undergraduates.
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Dr. Jennifer Wartella
Virginia Commonwealth University. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
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