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The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Career Intentions of First-Year College Students at Historically Black Institutions in the Southeast
by Walters, Tanaya M., Ed.D., Benedictine University, 2018, 90; 10974495
Abstract (Summary)

With the new era of the workforce dawning, employers emphasize the need for educators to educate young people about the skills and knowledge employers are looking for in the 21st century. In fact, 88% of employers indicated the importance of colleges and universities ensuring all students are prepared (Hart Associates, 2015). In terms of the broad range of knowledge and skills, employers place great value on candidates who demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication skills, teamwork skills, ethical decision-making, critical thinking, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings (Hart Associates, 2015).

According to the Hart Associates (2015), Hay Group (2014) & the International Youth Foundation (2013), employers indicated the need for college graduates to possess a broad range of knowledge and skills to achieve long-term career success. One way to address this gap is through social-emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence conceptualized in 1990 by psychologists Mayer and Salovey and later popularized by Daniel Goleman in 1995 in his book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. Mayer and Salovey (1990) suggested emotional intelligence is the capacity to monitor one's own and others' feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one's thinking and intellectual growth. Goleman’s (2006) later work re-examined the social component of emotional intelligence. Thus, Goleman (2006) postulated social intelligence offered a fresh outlook to human aptitude and human interaction in relationships.

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between emotional intelligence and career intentions of first-year college students at Historically Black Institutions, often referred to as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). The study will aim to address the following question: What is the relationship between emotional intelligence and career intentions of first-year college students? Information extracted from this study will aim to build on existing emotional intelligence research, as well as, aim to offer new insights into practices that would aid career counselors in their work and inform curriculum design for introduction courses for first-year college students at higher education institutions across the academy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sheffield, Cassandra
Commitee: Griffin, William, Moolenaar-Wirsiy, Pamela
School: Benedictine University
Department: Organization Development
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 80/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, School counseling, Higher education
Keywords: Career decisions, Emotional intelligence, First-year college students, Historically black colleges and universities, Social-emotional intelligence, Workforce readiness
Publication Number: 10974495
ISBN: 978-0-438-65502-7
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