Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


“What do I need to do to choose a career?” This question echoes frequently in the ears of all those who work with students as career advisors and counselors. Many of these professionals have developed elaborate processes based on research and experience for assisting students to move towards increased decisiveness. As a result, there is a large body of literature, both academic and professional, that discusses and describes the process of career decision making and the variables that contribute to decidedness. The purpose of this study is to determine to what extent the various behaviors, characteristics, and the development of specific types of career related knowledge prescribed within this career selection literature actually correlate with students’ perceived levels of decidedness.