Career-choice readiness in adolescence: Developmental trajectories and individual differences

Hirschi, Andreas (2011). Career-choice readiness in adolescence: Developmental trajectories and individual differences. Journal of vocational behavior, 79(2), pp. 340-348. Academic Press 10.1016/j.jvb.2011.05.005

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Developing career-choice readiness is an important task in adolescence, but current theory and research has provided a rather static view of the phenomenon. The present study investigated the development of career-choice readiness among a group of 325 Swiss students assessed four times every 5 months from seventh through eighth grade. A variable-centered approach applying latent curve modeling showed not only a linear increase of readiness over time but also significant inter-individual differences in the level and development of readiness. Higher levels were predicted by more self-esteem and generalized self-efficacy and fewer perceived barriers while increase in readiness was predicted by increase in occupational information. A person-centered approach applying latent class-growth analysis identified four distinct developmental trajectories: high-increasing (42%), high-decreasing (5%), moderate-increasing (42%), and constantly low (11%). Students with different trajectories showed significant differences in core self-evaluations, occupational knowledge, and barriers. The results suggest that environmental demands promote a developmental trend in readiness development that overrules individual differences for the majority of students. Individual differences affect the level of readiness to a greater extent than the process of its development. Career information seems pivotal for readiness increase.

Item Type:

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:

06 Mar 2015 12:42

Last Modified:

10 Aug 2018 16:22

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Career-choice readiness, Career decision-making, Core self-evaluations, Career barriers, Occupational knowledge




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