Exploring Negative Career Thoughts Between STEM-Declared and STEM-Interested Students

Diandra J. Prescod, Andrew P. Daire, Cynthia Young, Melissa Dagley, Michael Georgiopoulos

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Abstract

The shortage of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals in the United States leaves many available positions unfilled. Students beginning college with declared STEM majors often change majors in college, contributing to retention difficulties. Using the Career Thoughts Inventory (Sampson, Peterson, Lenz, Reardon, & Saunders, 1996a), the authors examined negative career thoughts between undergraduate STEM-declared students participating in a STEM retention project and STEM-interested students participating in a National Science Foundation–funded STEM recruitment and retention project. Results indicated significant differences between the 2 groups, with STEM-interested students reporting greater negative career thoughts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-175
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Employment Counseling
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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