Career certainty and career decision-making self efficacy in postgraduate study intention

Melinda M. Varhegyi, Denise M. Jepsen

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Abstract

Few studies have examined undergraduate students’ decision making on postgraduate study, yet a better understanding may help university administrators provide improved student support and guidance. Career decision-making theory was used in a study of 547 business/management students in five Australian universities to determine the impact of student career decision-making self-efficacy and career decision to predict students’ intentions to progress to postgraduate study. Results indicate students with high career certainty, although almost twice as likely to be aware of postgraduate study options as students who are career undecided, are less likely to intend to pursue postgraduate study than students with high self efficacy. Implications for theory and research are included.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th ANZAM Conference 2010
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging for unknowable futures
Place of PublicationBrisbane
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Pages1-19
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (24th : 2010) - Adelaide
Duration: 7 Dec 201010 Dec 2010

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (24th : 2010)
CityAdelaide
Period7/12/1010/12/10

Keywords

  • postgraduate
  • career
  • student decision-making
  • self-efficacy
  • career decision

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    Varhegyi, M. M., & Jepsen, D. M. (2010). Career certainty and career decision-making self efficacy in postgraduate study intention. In Proceedings of the 24th ANZAM Conference 2010: managing for unknowable futures (pp. 1-19). Brisbane: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.