Students’ Perceptions Regarding Their Impending Transition Out of College
Author(s): Yazedjian, A., Kielaszek, B. J., & Toews, M. L.
Citation: Yazedjian, A., Kielaszek, B. J., & Toews, M. L. (2010). Students’ Perceptions Regarding Their Impending Transition Out of College. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 22(2), 33-48.
Although researchers have argued students experience feelings of stress, fear, and uncertainty as they transition from college to work life, there is limited empirical research supporting this argument. Our study filled this gap by exploring 183 fourth-year students’ perceptions regarding their impending transition out of the college environment. We found students believed college had prepared them for life after graduation. However, they had ambiguous feelings regarding their impending transition, particularly when it came to their feelings about entering the workforce and gaining financial independence. In dealing with their impending transition, students reported they would turn to their family or friends for support as they moved from college to work life. Based on these findings, we provide suggestions for how institutional personnel can assist students during this time.