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Effects of Students' Career/Field Experience on Retirement and Career Goals

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Faculty Advisor

Dr. Helen Kiso

Start Date

27-4-2021 12:00 AM

End Date

27-4-2021 12:00 AM

Description

Past experiences are at the heart of understanding how college students visualize their lives after graduation. Therefore, a student's past experiences will influence their decisions about their future (Haratsis et al., 2015). We are interested in expanding on these ideas to view how college students' past experiences influence their career and retirement goals. In the current study, the relationship between past experiences, career goals, and retirement was measured. The items ask students about past field/job experience, career goals, retirement expectations, and self-efficacy. The Scale of Positive and Negative Experience (SPANE) (Diener et al., 2010) served as our criterion variable. The Future Time Perspective (Koposko & Hershey, 2014) was a statistically significant (p = .043) predictor variable in our study, while the Satisfaction with Life in Retirement Scale (SWLRS) (Gutierrez & Hershey, 2014) also served as a predictor variable for our study but was not significant (p = .344). We determined that an individual who has a better perspective of their future is more likely to be satisfied with their current job. This data suggests that a positive general outlook of the future will impact one’s job satisfaction. From an applied perspective, students should be encouraged to foster a positive outlook toward career aspirations in order to create a stable perception of the future. Additionally, our research supports the development of university-level career development and retirement education programs to create a foundation for students beyond matriculation.

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Effects of Students' Career/Field Experience on Retirement and Career Goals

Past experiences are at the heart of understanding how college students visualize their lives after graduation. Therefore, a student's past experiences will influence their decisions about their future (Haratsis et al., 2015). We are interested in expanding on these ideas to view how college students' past experiences influence their career and retirement goals. In the current study, the relationship between past experiences, career goals, and retirement was measured. The items ask students about past field/job experience, career goals, retirement expectations, and self-efficacy. The Scale of Positive and Negative Experience (SPANE) (Diener et al., 2010) served as our criterion variable. The Future Time Perspective (Koposko & Hershey, 2014) was a statistically significant (p = .043) predictor variable in our study, while the Satisfaction with Life in Retirement Scale (SWLRS) (Gutierrez & Hershey, 2014) also served as a predictor variable for our study but was not significant (p = .344). We determined that an individual who has a better perspective of their future is more likely to be satisfied with their current job. This data suggests that a positive general outlook of the future will impact one’s job satisfaction. From an applied perspective, students should be encouraged to foster a positive outlook toward career aspirations in order to create a stable perception of the future. Additionally, our research supports the development of university-level career development and retirement education programs to create a foundation for students beyond matriculation.