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Career Collaborative Project: Career Services Supporting Racially Minoritized Students' College-to-Career Transition

Carr, Terri (2019) Career Collaborative Project: Career Services Supporting Racially Minoritized Students' College-to-Career Transition. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In 2018, reports indicated that Black and Latinx graduates were twice as likely to be unemployed than their White counterparts. Serving as a call to action to address this inequity, this inquiry was conducted to examine how campus career services could purposefully design a career intervention that supported Black and Latinx students’ college-to-career transition. This inquiry employed an action research approach to implementing a career intervention created to help racially minoritized students access and build social networks to support their postgraduation transition. Set within at a small, predominantly White, Liberal Arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, this intervention emerged as a career coaching project named the Career Collaborative Project. The Collaborative comprised a small group of six Black and Latinx students and three alumni of color who served career coaches. These alumni of color were utilized as institutional agents in this inquiry who helped the students access and build their social networks. Each alumnus hosted a virtual career coaching session with the students to discuss active goal setting, networking, and life after college. After each career coaching session, the students and I held a group reflection conversation to talk about their overall thoughts and feelings about the session topic. At the end of the six-week project, a post-focus group with the students and individual interviews with the alumni were conducted. Three key findings emerged from the data: (1) career planning requires self-examination; (2) students of color need help developing social networks; and, (3) institutional agents aid in students of color career development. Implications for practice are offered toward the conclusion of this dissertation.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Carr, Territec49@pitt.edutec49
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorGarcia, Ginaggarcia@pitt.eduggarcia
Committee MemberDelale-O'Connor, Lorilori.delale-oconnor@pitt.eduloridoc
Committee MemberGuerrero,
Date: 25 September 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 23 May 2019
Approval Date: 25 September 2019
Submission Date: 4 September 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 153
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Black students, Career services, College-to-Career transition, Latinx students, Minoritized, Social networks
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 14:27
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 14:27


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