The relationship between career variables and occupational aspirations/expectations for Australian high school adolescents

Patton, Wendy A. & Creed, Peter (2007) The relationship between career variables and occupational aspirations/expectations for Australian high school adolescents. Journal of Career Development, 34(2), pp. 127-148.

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This study surveyed 925 Australian high school students enrolled in grades 8-12 on measures of occupational aspirations, occupational expectations, career status aspirations and career status expectations, and tested the association between these variables and career maturity, career indecision, career decision-making self-efficacy, and career barriers. Adolescents generally aspired to/expected to work within a small range of RIASEC occupational categories. One third of students reported occupational aspiration/expectation discrepancies. These differed across gender, and across age for females, but not for males. Students who demonstrated both occupational and status aspiration and expectation discrepancies reported more career indecision, were less confident about making a career-related decision, and were less career mature. Students generally held higher occupational status aspirations than expectations, and males were more likely to choose professional occupations than females. Age differences were found for status expectations, but not for status aspirations.

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ID Code: 10775
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Career aspirations, career expectations, career maturity, career indecision, career decision, making self, efficacy, career barriers
DOI: 10.1177/0894845307307471
ISSN: 1556-0856
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of Career Development 34(2):pp. 127-148. © <SAGE Publications Ltd or Society/Proprietor, Year> by SAGE Publications Ltd on SAGE Journals Online:
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:33

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