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Psicologia Escolar e Educacional

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BARDAGI, Marúcia; LASSANCE, Maria Célia Pacheco; PARADISO, Ângela Carina  and  MENEZES, Ioneide Almeida de. Career choice and insertion in labor market: perceptions from college seniors. Psicol. esc. educ. [online]. 2006, vol.10, n.1, pp. 69-82. ISSN 1413-8557.

Since there is a lack of knowledge about needs of university students in Brazil, especially of those concluding undergraduation, this study investigated satisfaction with career choice and needs for Professional Guidance processes in a sample of 340 students of Rio Grande do Sul Federal University. Students of both sexes (M = 25 years; SD= 5,35) answered an 18-item questionnaire constructed for this survey. The majority of students (53,1%) is satisfied with their professional choices. Disappointment at labor market opportunities was related to career choice frustration, and personal identification was related to satisfaction. Most of the participants reported need for professional guidance processes, especially skills for job search. This results show how insecurity undergraduates are towards the beginning of professional activities and the need for specific vocational interventions with this public concerning the university-work transition.

Keywords : Workplace; University; Theorical orientation.

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