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9:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
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This study examines the fit between students’ interests and their academic choices at different stages of their college careers. Using image theory as an integrated theory of person-vocation fit, this investigation focuses on the stability of academic fit during college and the relationship between fit with academic choice and fit with occupational choice. Participants, 257 students in their final year at Rice University, responded to questions about their interests as well as factors that may affect their career choices, such as parental influence, work centrality, career efficacy, and employment potential. Results showed that students tend to improve their fit with their academic major during their first four semesters. Further, students tend to maintain or improve their fit when they select occupations. Of the factors considered to influence career choices, work centrality, or the importance one places on work, and interest profile differentiation, an indication of clarity of interests, moderated the relationship between academic and occupational fit.