The Relationship Between Career Interventions, Career Decision-Making, and Compromise on Media & Communication Students
The College of Media & Communication’s motto states that their degree allows students to go into “Any industry. Anywhere.” However, when students graduate, they may not understand how to apply those skills to the workforce and may make compromises in their desired career path. This research analyzes the ways in which media and communication students make career decisions and compromises while measuring their use of career interventions throughout their time in college. Under the theoretical frameworks of Bandura’s Self-Efficacy Theory and Gottfredson’s Circumscription and Compromise, this research uses career counseling theories to analyze senior students’ career attitudes in the College of Media and Communication. The purpose of this study was to establish a relationship between the two theories and to describe the factors that influence both career decision-making self-efficacy and willingness to compromise. The study found that there was a significant relationship between career decision-making selfefficacy and willingness to compromise and that certain demographic factors and career interventions can influence both areas. After discussion and analysis, the paper outlines practical recommendations for practitioners, limitations, and directions for future research.