The Power of Personality-College Major Match Highlighted in National Career Development Web Magazine

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Personality-major match’s impact on student success is attracting the national attention of career development professionals. In February, the National Career Development Association published as its feature Career Convergence article, “Research Reveals that Personality-Major Match Strengthens Students’ College Success,” by Career Key author Dr. Lawrence K. Jones, NCC.

The degree of fit between students' Holland personality type and college major predicts academic and career success.

Personality-college major match’s impact on student success is attracting the national attention of career development professionals. In February, the National Career Development Association published as its feature Career Convergence web magazine article, “Research Reveals that Personality-Major Match Strengthens Students’ College Success.”

In the article, Career Key author, Dr. Lawrence K. Jones, NCC and Juliet Wehr Jones, GCDF, describe major studies showing how the degree of fit between students’ Holland personality type and college major predicts academic and career success. A good “match” positively impacts grades earned, persistence in the major, and graduating on time.

The authors also recommend ways counselors, academic advisors, and other career development professionals can apply the research to advising college students and college-bound youth and adults in how to choose a college major. The Career Key website offers the public and counselors many ways to learn about and use personality-major match, for free or low cost.

To bring this valuable advice and personality-major match research to the public’s attention, Dr. Jones has also written two popular free e-books:

  •     “Personality-College Major Match and Student Success (2011), a 28 page guide for professionals and
  •     “Choosing a College Major based on Your Personality; what does the research say?” a 29 page guide for students, parents and adults returning to school.

Visitors to the Career Key website can download them for free.

An affordable, 368 page e-book, “Match Up! Your Personality to College Majors” helps students match their Holland personality types to over 1,400 college majors and training programs in the U.S. and Canada and to the colleges that offer them.

New Career Key website articles elaborate on topics discussed in the NCDA personality-major match article:

“Choosing a College Major or Training Program”
“Personality-College Major Match – Why It is Important”
“The Holland College Major Environments”; and
“Learn More About College Major Environments”

About The Career Key®
Since 1997, Career Key has been the #1 Internet source for helping people choose careers and college majors. Advertising and registration-free, it offers a valid career test, information, and advice articles based on the best practices and science in the field.

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