From school to work: A comprehensive model of work-related motivation in the transition to working life.

Valero, Domingo; Hirschi, Andreas (12 September 2013). From school to work: A comprehensive model of work-related motivation in the transition to working life. (Unpublished). In: 13th Conference of the Swiss Psychological Society: Crossing Borders. Basel. 11.-12.09.2013.

Motivation is a core concept to understand work related outcomes and vocational pursuits. However, existing research mostly focused on specific aspects of motivation, such as goals or self-efficacy beliefs, while falling short of adequately addressing more complex and integrative notions of motivation.

Advancing the current state of research, we draw from Motivational Systems Theory and a model of proactive motivation to propose a comprehensive model of work-related motivation. Specifically, we define motivation as a system of mutually related factors consisting of goals, emotions, and personal agency beliefs, comprised by capability beliefs and context evaluations.

Adapting this model of motivation to the school-to-work transition, we postulate that this motivational system is affected by different social, personal, and environmental variables, for example social support, the presence of role-models, personality traits, and scholastic achievement. We further expect that students with more autonomous work-related goals, expectations of more positive emotional experiences in their future working life, fewer perceived barriers to their career development, and higher work-related self-efficacy beliefs would be more successful in their transition from school to work. We also propose that goal-directed engagement acts as a partial mediator in the relationship between motivation and a successful transition. Finally, we hypothesize that work-related motivation while in school will have meaningful effects on positive outcomes while in vocational training, as represented by more work engagement, higher career commitment, job satisfaction, and lower intentions to quit training.

In sum, we advance the point that the adaptation of a broader concept of work-related motivation in the school-to-work transition would result in more powerful predictions of success in this transition and would enhance scientific research and interventions in career development and counselling practice.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Valero, Domingo and Hirschi, Andreas


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology


[UNSPECIFIED] Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF


[UNSPECIFIED] Motivational Sources of Career Choices




Domingo Valero

Date Deposited:

26 Jun 2014 13:41

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2014 13:41


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