Speech pathology and audiology : an analysis of the career choice process : an honors thesis [(HONRS 499)]
The task of choosing a career can be very difficult for college students. A career choice process involving investigation and exploration of various careers has proven to be helpful in the search for an appropriate career. This process includes four steps: inventorying skills and abilities, examining work environments, investigating job opportunities and responsibilities, and researching job availibility.Based on national data, it has been hypothesized the students in the program of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Ball State University do not effectively investigate this career before making their decision. In order to test this hypothesis, a study was conducted to investigate students' methods and knowledge of career choice and exploration before selecting a major in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.Knowledge of the professions would permit the students to make an appropriate personal choice thus promoting satisfaction with their decision to become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.