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An Application of Holland’s Theory to Career Interests and Selected Careers of Automotive Technology Students

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Laura G. Maldonado ,

Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, North Carolina State University, US
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Senior Research Associate
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Kyungin Kim,

The Pennsylvania State University, US
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Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Learning and Performance Systems
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Mark D. Threeton

The Pennsylvania State University, US
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Associate Professor, Department of Learning and Performance Systems
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Abstract

This study investigated whether postsecondary automotive technology students’ interests were congruent with their chosen career pathways. One hundred eighty-six students from three institutions completed Holland’s Self-Directed Search assessment. Realistic was the predominant Holland code followed by Enterprising for the participants within this study. A majority of participants had a medium level of congruence between their interests and career choices as measured by the C-index. The findings may be useful for educators, counselors, and career development professionals interested in diversifying instruction and professional development strategies to promote future career success.
Keywords: postsecondary career and technical education, automotive technology students, Self-Directed Search assessment, Holland’s theory of vocational personalities and environment.
How to Cite: Maldonado, L.G., Kim, K. and Threeton, M.D., 2021. An Application of Holland’s Theory to Career Interests and Selected Careers of Automotive Technology Students. Journal of Career and Technical Education, 35(1), pp.36–54. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jcte.v35i1.a3
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Published on 17 Aug 2021.
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