A Comparative Analysis of Early Life Experiences and Young Adult Career Choice


A Comparative Analysis of Early Life Experiences and Young Adult Career Choice

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The foundation of all behavioral, cognitive, and emotional development is deeply tied to the first five years of life. Researchers from various disciplines, such as developmental psychology, early childhood education, and behavioral sciences, strive to make connections between early childhood experiences and implications for lifelong health and development. Longitudinal studies, such as the HighScope Perry Preschool Study, have identified connections between the quality of early childhood care and future career success and reduced crime rates (Schweinhart et. al, 2005). It is assumed but not clearly known if these aspects influence young adult career choice. In order to explore this relationship, a survey of University of Minnesota Duluth undergraduate students was conducted around four categories: personality, early life experiences, undergraduate academics and future career choice. By evaluating the relationship between early life experiences and young adult career choice, the findings will add to a growing body of knowledge in the areas of child development and early career choice. Based on the analysis of 171 UMD student survey responses, a correlation was found between child care distinction and personality indicators as well as personality indicators and college distinction.


University Honors Capstone Project Paper and Poster, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2017. Alycia Chmielewski authored paper and poster; Molly Harney authored poster.

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Chmielewski, Alycia. (2017). A Comparative Analysis of Early Life Experiences and Young Adult Career Choice. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/199893.

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