Who struggles most in making a career choice and why? Findings from a cross-sectional survey of Australian high-school students

Galliott, Natal'ya, Graham, Linda J., & Sweller, Naomi (2015) Who struggles most in making a career choice and why? Findings from a cross-sectional survey of Australian high-school students. Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools, 25(2), pp. 133-151.

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This paper reports findings from an empirical study examining the influence of student background and educational experiences on the development of career choice capability. Secondary school students attending years 9-12 (N = 706) in New South Wales, Australia, were invited to participate in an online survey that sought to examine factors influencing their readiness to make career choice. The survey included questions relating to student demographics, parental occupation, attitudes to school and to learning, career aspirations, and students’ knowledge of the further education or skills required to achieve their desired goal. We found no significant differences in the proportions of students who were ‘uncertain’ of their future career aspirations with respect to their individual characteristics such as age and gender. There were, however, significant differences in relation to students’ family background, and their perceptions associated with own academic abilities and self-efficacy.

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ID Code: 84343
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Formerly Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Keywords: career education, youth aspirations, post-school transitions, secondary schooling
DOI: 10.1017/jgc.2015.7
ISSN: 1839-2520
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 20 May 2015 03:47
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 04:48

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