Abstract

This study explores how low-income, African American college students obtain social capital resources from university contacts to set and achieve career goals. Students knew little about career options available to future college graduates beyond jobs that were related to their current jobs. Few students utilized the information, influence, and opportunity resources of their university contacts that could increase their career ambitions because they were unaware that informal interactions with these individuals could be helpful. Thus, students had more constrained career plans than they could have had. Strategies to enhance the career expectations of this student population are proposed.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-3382
Print ISSN
0897-5264
Pages
pp. 510-523
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-31
Open Access
No
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