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Abstract Title: Undergraduates develop professional future possible selves after graduation
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: How do undergraduate students imagine their future professional lives after graduation? We conducted longitudinal semi-structured interviews with undergraduate students about their career goals and resources needed to develop professional identities using future possible self theory. We present multiple case studies of physics students exploring, adjusting, and refining their possible future selves. Overall, participants had elaborated future possible selves that were influenced by both academic and sociocultural experiences. High self-efficacy and positive interactions in the field positively impact students' imagined futures, whereas low self-efficacy and low recognition sabotage students' future possible selves; these ideas intersect with students' personality, lifestyle, and social identity. In this poster, we'll share two ways in which students refine their future possible selves: a path of narrowing and refining imagined futures; and a path of trying new selves in series
Session Time: Poster Session 1
Poster Number: I-58

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Hien Khong
Kansas State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Brandi Lohman and Eleanor C. Sayre