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First-Year Exploratory Studies about Students’ Career Decision Processes and the Impact of Data-Driven Decision Making

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Tugba Karabiyik1,*, Dominic Kao2, Alejandra J. Magana2

1Purdue Systems Collaboratory, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

2Department of Computer and Information Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

*Corresponding author: Tugba Karabiyik


Career choice is one of the most crucial and challenging decisions that young adults need to make. Institutions have implemented strategies (such as first-year exploratory studies) which can provide students guidance to explore multiple majors. One strategy that has not been explored as a guidance to help students prepare is the use of historical data on specific majors. This study investigates the feasibility of using historical data from previous graduating classes. We presented students with personalized career-related data for their top two choices for university majors and observed the impact of exploring this data on career related perceptions, intentions, and decisions. Students were compared on career learning competences, career exploratory plans and intentions, career exploration strategies, and career learning before and after the intervention. Our results suggest that engaging students in exploring career-related historical data, regardless of the format, has a significantly positive effect on their career learning and exploration.


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First-Year Exploratory Studies about Students’ Career Decision Processes and the Impact of Data-Driven Decision Making

How to cite this paper: Tugba Karabiyik, Dominic Kao, Alejandra J. Magana. (2021). First-Year Exploratory Studies about Students’ Career Decision Processes and the Impact of Data-Driven Decision Making. The Educational Review, USA5(11), 418-433.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/er.2021.11.003

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