Occupational aspirations and expectations of Australian adolescents

Patton, Wendy A. & Creed, Peter (2007) Occupational aspirations and expectations of Australian adolescents. Australian Journal of Career Development, 16(1), pp. 46-59.


Adolescents across the five years of high school (169 females and 164 males) completed a survey which identified occupational status aspirations and expectations and RIASEC coded aspirations and expectations. As the focus of the study was to explore relationships between these traditional constructs and key career development constructs. Measures of career maturity, career indecision, self-esteem, career goals and school achievement were also completed. Discrepancies between occupational aspirations and expectations were reported and the relevance of including career development constructs into these investigations was validated. Occupational status aspirations were associated with school achievement, self-esteem, and career maturity. Students who reported achieving well at school, were more career mature and had higher self-esteem were more likely to aspire to professional status occupations than students who held skilled status aspirations, and students who held semi-professional aspirations having more career knowledge than students who held skilled aspirations.

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ID Code: 10648
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Occupational aspirations, occupational expectations, career constructs, adolescents
ISSN: 1038-4162
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 ACER Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:48

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