Vocational Interests and Career Goals: Development and Relations to Personality and Middle Adolescence

Hirschi, Andreas (2010). Vocational Interests and Career Goals: Development and Relations to Personality and Middle Adolescence. Journal of Career Assessment, 18(3), pp. 223-238. Sage 10.1177/1069072710364789

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Cross-sectional research implies a close relation of vocation interests, goals, and traits, yet little is known about their reciprocal development over time. This longitudinal study examined development of Things/People (T/P) and Data/Ideas (D/I) vocational interests and career goals in relation to Big Five personality traits among 292 Swiss adolescents with a cross-lagged panel design with two measurement points over 1 year from seventh to eighth grade. Interests and goals were significantly related within time and showed significant interactions across time. Traits related significantly and equally to interests and goals within time and predicted their development across time except for T/P goals. Goals and interests possessed incremental validity above traits in affecting each other. Implications include the need to account for dynamic processes in the development of goals and interests and their systematic relation to traits in theory and practice.

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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








Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

10 Mar 2015 16:49

Last Modified:

10 Aug 2018 16:22

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

vocational interests, career goals, career aspirations, personality, adolescent career development, developmental systems theory



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