Calling and career preparation: Investigating developmental patterns and temporal precedence

Hirschi, Andreas; Herrmann, Anne (2013). Calling and career preparation: Investigating developmental patterns and temporal precedence. Journal of vocational behavior, 83(1), pp. 51-60. Academic Press 10.1016/j.jvb.2013.02.008

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The presence of a calling and career development are assumed to be closely related. However, the nature of and reason for this relationship has not been thoroughly investigated. We hypothesized the existence of reciprocal effects between calling and three dimensions of career preparation and assessed the change of the presence of a calling, career planning, decidedness, and self-efficacy with three waves of a diverse sample of German university students (N = 846) over one year. Latent growth analyses revealed that the intercepts of calling showed a siginficant positive correlation with the intercepts of all career preparation measures. The slope of calling was positively related to those of decidedness and self-efficacy but not to planning. Cross-lagged analyses showed that calling predicted a subsequent increase in planning and self-efficacy. Planning and decidedness predicted an incrrease in the presence of a calling. The results suggest that calling and career preparation are related due to mutual effects but that effects differ for different career preparation dimensions.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Hirschi, Andreas


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




Academic Press




Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

28 Jul 2015 16:40

Last Modified:

10 Aug 2018 16:22

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

calling; career preparation; latend growth modeling; cross-lagged analysis; career counseling




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