Young Professionals in Transition: Family Influence and Career Related Outcomes in College and Organizational Settings

Open Access
Li, Lan
Area of Honors:
Labor and Employment Relations
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Sumita Raghuram, Thesis Supervisor
  • Alan V Derickson, Honors Advisor
  • Human resources
  • career decision making
  • college major
  • family
The thesis explores the impact of family career influence on the performance, satisfaction, and commitment of young professionals at college and organizational settings. Surveying 231 college juniors and seniors in diverse disciplines, Study 1 examines the role of family career expectation and career congruence on academic performance, satisfaction with major choice, and commitment to chosen major. Study 2 examines the same variables with 174 young professionals in an IT firm in India. Both studies found strong relationships between family career congruence and higher career related outcomes in both studies; family career expectation leads to mixed career related outcomes. These findings support the impact of family career influence at college and organizational settings to a large extent. Implications for practitioners and suggestions for future research are also discussed.