Emotional Intelligence and Youth Career Readiness

  • Annamaria Di FabioEmail author
  • Donald H. Saklofske
Part of the The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)


Amidst the global youth unemployment crisis, the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and youth career readiness is an important theme of research for enhancing positive youth development and strengthening human capital. This chapter reviews studies focusing on trait and ability models of EI and their impact on youth career readiness in terms of career decision variables (career decision-making difficulties, career decision-making self-efficacy, decision-making styles) and employability. The chapter also describes empirically supported interventions that contribute to promoting career readiness through the development of EI and further delineates possible implications for career counselors and educators. Finally, some research and intervention suggestions to promote career readiness of youth in a preventive framework are introduced.


Emotional intelligence Career readiness Employability Career decision-making Career counseling Intervention Youth 


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  1. 1.Department of Education and Psychology (Psychology Section)University of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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