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Transitions ACR

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The transition from college to career includes many challenges, such as adjusting to a professional environment, the high costs of student loan repayment and independent living, and changes in social support networks. Many of these challenges affect a young person’s emotional wellbeing; however, limited attention has been paid in the literature or at the practice level to the emotional wellbeing of college graduates as they transition from college to career. To address this underrecognized issue, investigators from The Jed Foundation (JED), a leading nonprofit organization with a mission to protect the emotional health and prevent suicide among teens and young adults, and the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (Transitions ACR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School collaborated on a study to better understand the experiences of young adults during the college-to-career transition and how these experiences effect emotional wellbeing.

Download the full College to Career: Supporting Mental Health report here.

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Employment, Transition Age Youth


Employment, college, young adults, mental health, mental health condition, transition age youth, job, work, career, survey, Jed Foundation, recent college graduate, college senior, employers, Harris Poll, Jed

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Laura Golden, Jade Moser, Aimee Vella-Riplee, John MacPhee, Victor Schwartz, Len Levin, and Kathleen Biebel