The Importance Of Career Decision Making

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It was neat and odd observing people around my own age. It made me think about my own interactions and development as I was observing others. Starbucks is a common meetings place and study location for college students. Even though the majority of the people there were college students, some were adults. I paid attention how their behaviors differed from those of the college students. As I observed I noticed that of the groups it was mainly groups of all guys or all girls. I found this interesting because at this stage of development girls and guys alike tend to intermingle. However, then I thought about the way groups are divided through childhood. In many different stages of life groups are divided in genders: gym class in elementary school, Sunday school groups, dorms in college, etc. It is the nature of what we know. While looking around I noticed that a good majority of the college students were on their phones, a common occurrence among the millennial generation. This made me …show more content…
People grow up asking you what you want to be or do when you grow up and with time those ideas change to fit your interests and needs, job demands, and family expectations. This career choice later becomes part of one’s identity. In a model created by (Tiedman & Miller – Tiedman; Tiedman 1985 & O’Hara 1963) there are seven phases of career decision-making (Newman & Newman 405). Any college student may be at any phase. While you cannot skip phases, two college students may be a two completely different phases. The crystallization phase seems to be the starting point for this age. I would argue that the exploration phase begins in high school or sooner. During the crystallization phase the student weighs out the pros and cons of many different career choices and dip their toes in the water to get a feel for their major. After this the phases continue until integration done –which more than likely happens after

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