Chance Events and Career Decidedness: Latent Profiles in Relation to Work Motivation

Hirschi, Andreas; Valero, Domingo (2017). Chance Events and Career Decidedness: Latent Profiles in Relation to Work Motivation. Career Development Quarterly, 65(1), pp. 2-15. Wiley 10.1002/cdq.12076

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Research has shown that chance events affect careers but has not established the nature of their effects. Moreover, the relationship between chance and career decidedness is not well understood. The present study used a person-centered approach with latent profile analysis to examine 312 Swiss adolescents in their first year of vocational training. We identified five qualitatively differing profiles according to levels of perceived chance events and career decidedness: balanced scorers, undecided with mean chance, undecided with high chance, decided with chance, and decided without chance. The groups differed significantly in work motivation (i.e., occupational self-efficacy beliefs, perceived person-job fit, and work engagement). Decided adolescents reported more favorable work motivation regardless of their level of perceived chance events. The results imply that promoting decidedness remains a valuable goal in career counseling despite the occurrence of unpredicted events.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Hirschi, Andreas and Valero, Domingo

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

2161-0045

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Domingo Valero

Date Deposited:

16 Mar 2016 12:13

Last Modified:

22 Nov 2018 10:35

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/cdq.12076

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.79403

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/79403

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