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Facilitating engagement in new career goals: the moderating effects of personal resources and career actions

  • Anna PraskovaEmail author
  • Peter A. Creed
  • Michelle Hood
Article

Abstract

Goal engagement in young adults is variable. We recruited university students to test whether general personal characteristics (educational ability, core self-evaluations, and well-being; study 1, N = 195) and career adaptive variables (career confidence, exploration, and planning; study 2, N = 152) facilitated career goal engagement. Goal engagement was associated positively with goal disengagement in study 1. Moderating effects showed that the positive relationship between engagement and disengagement was stronger when core self-evaluations and well-being (satisfaction) were high, and when career confidence, exploration, and planning were high. Results are discussed in the context of transitions and promoting adaptable career goals.

Keywords

Goal disengagement Goal engagement Career actions Self-evaluations 

Résumé

Faciliter l’engagement dans de nouveaux objectifs de carrière: les effets modérateurs de ressources personnelles et des actions professionnelles. Le niveau d’engagement envers des objectifs est variable chez les jeunes adultes. Nous avons recruté des étudiants à l’université afin de vérifier si des caractéristiques personnelles générales (aptitudes, auto-évaluations centrales, et le bien-être; étude 1, N = 195) et des variables liées à l’adaptabilité de carrière (confiance de carrière, exploration et planification; étude 2, N = 152) facilitaient l’engagement envers des objectifs de carrière. L’engagement envers des objectifs est associé positivement avec le désengagement envers des objectifs dans l’étude 1. Les effets modérateurs montrent que la relation positive entre l’engagement et le désengagement est plus forte lorsque les auto-évaluations centrales et le bien-être (satisfaction) sont élevés, et lorsque la confiance de carrière, l’exploration et la planification sont élevées. Les résultats sont discutés dans le contexte de la transition et de la promotion des objectifs de carrière liés à l’adaptabilité.

Zusammenfassung

Erleichterung des Engagements für neue Karriere-Ziele: Die moderierenden Auswirkungen von persönlichen Ressourcen und Karrierehandlungen. Zielengagement bei jungen Erwachsenen ist variabel. Wir rekrutierten Universitätsstudenten, um zu testen, ob allgemeine persönliche Eigenschaften (schulische Fähigkeit, fundamentale Selbst-Evaluationen und Wohlbefinden; Studie 1, N = 195) und Variablen der Karriere-Adaptabilität (Karriere Zutrauen, Exploration und Planung; Studie 2, N = 152) das Engagement für Berufsziele erleichtert. Zielengagement war positiv mit Rückzug von Zielen in Studie 1 verbunden. Moderationseffekte zeigten, dass die positive Beziehung zwischen Engagement und Rückzug von Zielen stärker war, wenn fundamentale Selbst-Evaluationen und Wohlbefinden (Zufriedenheit) hoch waren und wenn Karriere Zutrauen, Exploration und Planung hoch waren. Die Ergebnisse werden im Kontext von Übergängen und der Förderung von anpassungsfähigen Karrierezielen diskutiert.

Resumen

Facilitando el Compromiso en Nuevas Metas de Carrera: Los efectos Moderadores de Recursos Personales y de Acciones de Carrera. El compromiso de metas es variable en los adultos. Recrutamos estudiantes de universidades para verificar si características personales generales (habilidad educacional, autoevaluaciones centrales y bienestar; Estudio 1, N = 195) y variables adaptativas de carrera (confianza profesional, exploración y planificación; Estudio 2, N = 152) facilitaban el compromiso de metas de carrera. El compromiso de metas fue asociado positivamente con falta de metas en el Estudio 1. Efectos de moderación mostraron que la relación positiva entre compromiso y falta de compromiso era mas fuerte cuando las autoevaluación centrales y el bienestar (satisfacción) eran altos, y cuando la confianza de carrera, la exploración y la planificación eran altos. Los resultados son discutidos en un contexto de transición y promoción adaptable a las metas de carrera.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Applied Psychology, Griffith Health InstituteGriffith UniversityGold CoastAustralia

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