HCBE Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship


Leslie Tworoger

Committee Member

Michael Bendixen

Committee Member

Barbara Dastoor


Purpose: The purpose of this research is to identify and describe the impact of the support system on the career development of first generation college graduates.

Research Questions:

--What comprises the first generation college graduates' support system for each generation (i.e. social network, friends, family and colleagues and mentors)?

--What is the relative importance/influence of each support system component in career development for each generation?

Design/Methodology/Approach: There were a total of 21 in-depth interviews with equal number of participants for all three generations (Baby Boomers, X and Y). The interviews were recorded, transcribed and then coded. Further, there are cross case and within case analyses.

Research Limitations: No participants were born outside of the range of 1946 to 1990. While women were equally represented during the purposeful sample selection, the research did not delve into gender differences study.

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