Career decision status as a predictor of resignation behavior five years later

Joanne K. Earl*, Amirali Minbashian, Aun Sukijjakhamin, Jim E. H. Bright

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This paper extends earlier research exploring the relationship between career decision status and work outcomes by examining resignation behavior in a group of new graduates five years after initial appointment. On appointment various measures were collected including career decision status variables. Earlier research identified a significant relationship between a number of important work outcomes and career decision status. In the current study two variables-career decidedness and career choice importance-predicted resignation behavior. Those people who on appointment scored higher on career decidedness or lower on career choice importance were significantly more likely to stay in the organization than others. The implications of this finding for individuals and organizations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-252
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • career decidedness
  • career choice importance
  • career decision status
  • resignation


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