Educational Decision-Making: How Prospective Students Decide a Career Path
What We Are Hearing
Making decisions about education can be a daunting and on-going process. As we hear more stories from prospective students who are trying to figure out what they will choose for their major and career paths, we have begun to notice patterns in what tips the scale form one decision to the next.
Patterns in the Stories
Oftentimes, there is a strong feeling motivating people to do a specific type of work, such as caregiving, while points of inspiration can come from trying something once, or seeing it on a dramatized television series. When it finally comes time to choose a definite career path, choices are often limited to the list of majors a school offers.
This concept model visualizes how the internal processing and external circumstances work to shape a prospective student’s ideas about what career path he or she should work towards.