My research was about students feelings on their current career development. And as It turns out, plenty of students had mixed feelings, as I hypothesised. Developing a future and sharing it is quite daunting – in my opinion and experience. This is because we don’t all know what is going to become of our future, we can aim to do things but how can we guarantee a great outcome? But what we can do is our best to guide us into the best direction, and thats where UOW’s Career Hub may or may not be lacking. According to my survey that I had conducted, not all students found Career Hub useful, It may be due to the stereotypical shitty high school careers advisor we all know and had that had tarnished their reputation, or maybe the service genuinely doesn’t do a lot of justice.
I would have done my research differently, I suspect that conducting individual interviews with students in my class would have given me a wider perspective on a students career development status. And while my survey gave me more responses, I believe that interviews would have given me better quality responses than quantity – highlighting ones that supported my research hypothesis than sifting through general survey outcomes and troll responses. It would have also given me the option to record body language, which was my intention when organising the research. However, I believed that would have been a hit or miss aspect of my research as It really doesn’t capture career development but instead, feelings.
I conducted and focused on this because during my time in CRLP200 I had difficulty engaging in the main content and only wanted It for the internship opportunity. And while the subject has it’s good intentions, I believe It is bloated with unnecessary content and assessment work that barely prepared an individual for the world in the workforce. It also does not help that the subject coordinator could not provide help towards me wanting to do another internship next semester but instead suggested a UOWx program that I definitely was not interested in. Career Hub was actually the savior in my situation here as they helped me get a better answer and solution – which In my opinion is highly strange as she was the subject coordinator and careers consultant, you know, the one with all the answers for this situation…?