Title

A Phenomenological Study of Career Anxiety Among College Students

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2017

Abstract

© 2017 by the National Career Development Association. All rights reserved. This study explored the phenomenon of career anxiety through a qualitative investigation of the experiences of 7 traditional-aged college students who were in various stages of their undergraduate degree programs. Using Moustakas's () method of transcendental phenomenology, the authors conducted in-depth interviews to answer the following questions: (a) What are coresearchers’ (participants') experiences with the phenomenon of career anxiety? and (b) In what contexts do the coresearchers experience career anxiety? Seven themes emerged: general symptoms of anxiety, existential concerns, pressure, lack of career guidance, cognitive distortions, social comparisons, and economic/occupational uncertainty. The findings provide a contextual and developmental perspective on career-related anxiety that can guide counselors in the implementation of interventions for reducing anxiety associated with career choice and development.

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