The relationships of vocational interest congruence, differentiation, and elevation to career preparedness among university students

Jaensch, Vanessa, K.; Hirschi, Andreas; Spurk, Daniel (2016). The relationships of vocational interest congruence, differentiation, and elevation to career preparedness among university students. Zeitschrift für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, 60(2), pp. 79-89. Hogrefe 10.1026/0932-4089/a000210

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Vocational interest characteristics—interest congruence, interest differentiation, and general interest level elevation -are useful indicators for career development. (owever, research on these issues has primarily focused on adolescents in the transition from school to work and analyzed a limited set of career-related correlates. This study extends this line of research by exploring the relationships of interest congruence, interest differentiation, and interest elevation with several indicators of career preparedness i.e., career planning, occupational self-efficacy beliefs, career decidedness, and career engagement among a sample of emerging adults during their university studies in Germany. Data from 239 students representing a wide range of majors were collected via an online questionnaire. Controlling for sociodemographic variables, multiple regression analyses revealed that differentiation was positively associated with career decidedness and career engagement and elevation was positively related to occupational self-efficacy beliefs and career engagement. We discuss the findings regarding the importance of differences in vocational interest characteristics for the career preparedness of university students.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Hirschi, Andreas and Spurk, Daniel

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

0932-4089

Publisher:

Hogrefe

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

28 Jun 2017 08:25

Last Modified:

15 Aug 2018 11:41

Publisher DOI:

10.1026/0932-4089/a000210

Uncontrolled Keywords:

vocational interests, career preparedness, secondary construct

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.99319

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/99319

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