Thesis

A career development program for Mexican-American immigrants

Mexican-American immigrants have been key figures in one of the greatest migration occurrences in the United States. This population makes contributions to the culture, financial system, and employment industry of the United States. They are an ongoing influx of positive attributes and support to the wellbeing of the United States. Mexican-American immigrants are faced with various challenges as they take part in the employment arena. The career issues they encounter such as being expected to work in the secondary labor market, having minimal knowledge of their work environment, and limited employment experience affects their career paths. The purpose of this project is to assist Mexican-American immigrants with their career issues and have them learn through a career developmental process. The career development program will consist of eight weekly sessions that include one individualized session and seven group sessions. The program is geared to assist them through a career exploration process, to become knowledgeable of the world of work, to develop appropriate career decisions techniques, and make effective career plans. The program features experiential learning activities focused around John Holland's theory of types and Donald Super's life-span theory. It also provides them knowledge of employment information necessary to succeed in the labor market.

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