Personality-college major match only works if you use scientifically valid tools. Otherwise, people will be seriously misled.
Portland, OR (Vocus/PRWEB) January 25, 2011
The Career Key®, the #1 Internet source of professional-quality help in choosing careers and majors, is the first to scientifically classify all current college majors by Holland personality type. This makes a “personality-college major match” possible. College majors research shows this “match” has a big impact on the grades students earn and whether they graduate.
Until now, there has not been an up-to-date, comprehensive list of majors that has been scientifically classified by the Holland personality types. Using this list to choose a college major, students will be more likely to get better grades, graduate on time, and enter more satisfying careers. College administrators will be able to increase students’ success and college completion rates.
Over the past year, all 3,700+ college majors in the U.S. and Canada listed in the 2010 version of the U.S. Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Programs were analyzed and grouped according to the Holland personality types and, then, into smaller groups based on aptitudes, skills and abilities.
There are a number of possible applications for this new list, when it is combined with a valid measure of Holland’s personality types -- for example, "how to choose a college major" guidebooks or websites, college retention programs, company training efforts and tuition-reimbursement programs. Groups likely to benefit include -- students, parents, adults returning to school, counselors, college personnel and administrators, businesses.
“Now, the task is educate the public and policymakers on the importance of using valid tests and lists of majors. Personality-major match only works if you use scientifically valid tools. Otherwise, people will be seriously misled.” says, Dr. Lawrence Jones, senior researcher and Career Key author.
About The Career Key
The Career Key, http://www.careerkey.org, has been the #1 Internet source of professional-quality help in choosing careers and majors since 1997, and its content is licensed by top educational companies. It is one of the few websites offering a scientifically valid career test. Lawrence K. Jones, Ph.D., NCC, Career Key’s author, is Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University and a nationally recognized expert in career guidance.
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