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Career choice status among undergraduates and the influence of career management competencies and perceived employability

Wilton, Nicholas; Jackson, Denise; Wilton, Nick

Authors

Nicholas Wilton Nicholas.Wilton@uwe.ac.uk
Faculty Academic Director - Strategic Partnerships

Denise Jackson

Nicholas Wilton Nicholas.Wilton@uwe.ac.uk
Faculty Academic Director - Strategic Partnerships



Abstract

This study examines the influence of career management competencies and perceived employability on career choice status among undergraduates. Making informed and appropriate career choices is positively linked with well-being, work performance and academic and career success. Early career decision-making is now critical if students wish to succeed in highly competitive graduate labour markets. This study gathered quantitative data from 370 Business undergraduates in an Australian and UK university. Findings suggest that students have largely made career decisions and are reasonably satisfied with their choices. Career choice status varied with age, stage of study, perceived employability and student capabilities in career self-management. Findings highlight the need for universities to not only equip students with the necessary skills to enter their chosen career but also – in collaboration with industry - develop strategies to engage students in the different aspects of career self-management earlier on in their studies.

Citation

Jackson, D., & Wilton, N. (2017). Career choice status among undergraduates and the influence of career management competencies and perceived employability. Journal of Education and Work, 30(5), 552-569. https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2016.1255314

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 20, 2016
Online Publication Date Nov 9, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Journal Journal of Education and Work
Print ISSN 1363-9080
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 5
Pages 552-569
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2016.1255314
Keywords career choice status, career management competencies, perceived employability, undergraduate
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/902283
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2016.1255314

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