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Nothing Can Stop Me: Career Pathways Participants' Motivations and Thoughts on Success

Kristin S. Seefeldt, Whitney Engstrom, Karen Gardiner


May 19, 2016

This brief is one in a series of three that describe early lessons from in-depth interviews with Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study participants.  PACE is a ten-year random assignment evaluation of nine promising career pathways interventions aimed at increasing employment and self-sufficiency among low-income, low-skilled adults and youth.  For this brief, participants discussed several topics, including:  their motivations for enrolling in a career pathways program; how they define success in their selected program, and; how they view their chances of experiencing success, whether that be completing the program or some other measure respondents deemed important. The interviews are part of a qualitative sub-study designed to improve understanding of participants’ experiences.

Read the other two interviews: