Swiss Adolescents' Career Aspirations: Influence of Context, Age, and Career Adaptability

Hirschi, Andreas (2010). Swiss Adolescents' Career Aspirations: Influence of Context, Age, and Career Adaptability. Journal of Career Development, 36(3), pp. 228-245. Sage Publications 10.1177/0894845309345844

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This study investigated the content, realism, stability, and coherence of the career aspirations of 262 students in seventh grade in Switzerland (ages 13-15 years). The content analysis revealed that 82% of the participants named at least one realistic career aspiration, and aspirations showed clear resemblance to existing opportunities in the environment. Quantitative analyses confirmed the hypotheses that realism and stability of aspirations over a 10-month period could better be predicted by individual degree of career adaptability as measured by planfulness and exploration than by chronological age when grade level was controlled for. Coherence of aspirations was not related to age or adaptability. Students attending basic scholastic requirements school tracks reported more adaptability but not more realistic, stable, or coherent aspirations compared to students in advanced requirements tracks.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Hirschi, Andreas

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

0894-8453

Publisher:

Sage Publications

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

10 Mar 2015 17:15

Last Modified:

10 Aug 2018 16:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0894845309345844

Uncontrolled Keywords:

career decision making, career aspirations, career development, counseling psychology

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.64232

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/64232

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