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Supporting Meaningful Career Paths:  Effects of Mentoring on Vocational Outcomes for Emerging Adults

Hometown: Califon, New Jersey

Department: Psychology

Advisor: Elizabeth Raposa

My Honors Thesis will investigate the effect of mentoring on vocational outcomes (type of jobs, career attitudes, and job satisfaction) for emerging adults. I will also examine whether one's perceptions of adult identity or the quality of the mentor relationship mediates the effect on vocational outcomes. I am hopeful that my research will help develop programs for emerging adults to discover their passion and begin learning about career opportunities rooted in their interests.

All William & Mary Honors Fellowships fundraising supports the Charles Center Honors Fellowships Fund. Direct support for individual undergraduate research projects is distributed by the Roy R. Charles Center for Academic Excellence

Inspiration Behind My Project

I have actively sought out opportunities to be involved in mentoring as a college student. From supporting Girls on the Run to being a member of the Honor Council to participating in the William and Mary Women’s Mentoring program, I try to include a focus on mentorship in almost all of my extracurricular activities.

I have also found ways to read and write about issues relevant to mentoring and development in classes such as Research Methods, Adolescence, and Developmental Psychology. In the Fall of 2016, I began my independent research where I learned more deeply about factors involved successful mentoring relationships. I joined Dr. Raposa’s lab in the Psychology department, where I became fascinated by the research process in a study designed to determine which mentor and youth characteristics predict a successful mentoring match in youth mentoring programs.

At the same time, I was also starting my minor in Management and Organizational Leadership. I quickly noticed a significant overlap between the concepts I was learning in my psychology classes and independent research, and the real-world application of these concepts within the realm of business.

Together, these experiences piqued my interest in a specific area of mentoring. I became interested in uncovering how mentoring during the transition to adulthood has an impact on young adults’ vocational outcomes. While my past research experiences have focused on mentoring in a younger population, this study will allow me to generalize mentoring concepts to the development of emerging adults.

2629 days ago by Mary Grutta

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