Persistent career indecision over time: Links with personality, barriers, self-efficacy, and life satisfaction

Jaensch, Vanessa Katharina; Hirschi, Andreas; Freund, Philipp Alexander (2015). Persistent career indecision over time: Links with personality, barriers, self-efficacy, and life satisfaction. Journal of vocational behavior, 91, pp. 122-133. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jvb.2015.09.010

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Taking control over one's career requires the ability to make career decisions; thus, remaining in a state of career indecision is problematic. However, the stability of career indecision has not yet been investigated using advanced statistical modeling approaches. We present two studies of German university students applying three-wave, longitudinal designs. Study 1 investigated the stability of career indecision by means of latent state-trait analysis within two samples with different time lags (Sample 1: N=363, 7 weeks; Sample 2: N=591, 6 months). The results indicated that career indecision was determined by a stable component (i.e., trait career indecisiveness) that was associated with lower core self-evaluations, lower occupational self-efficacy, and higher perceived career barriers. Study 2 (N = 469) examined career indecision over one year. We found that the stable career indecision component explained 5% of the variance in student life satisfaction beyond self-evaluated generalized indecisiveness.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
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:

0001-8791

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

09 Aug 2016 10:54

Last Modified:

10 Aug 2018 16:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jvb.2015.09.010

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Career indecision; Career indecisiveness; Latent state-trait analysis

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.85330

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/85330

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