The relationship between career decision status and important work outcomes

Joanne K. Earl*, Jim E. H. Bright

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This paper describes a longitudinal study exploring the relationship between career decision status and work outcomes (i.e. job satisfaction, organizational commitment and performance) in a group of newly appointed graduates. Graduates employed into similar roles in a large Multinational Consultancy were tracked over 12 months at three time intervals: on appointment; 6 months after appointment and 12 months after appointment. It was concluded that job satisfaction promotes career comfort, decidedness predicts organizational commitment and this relationship is moderated by met expectations, and that neither being decided or comfortable predicts performance. Some evidence was found to suggest that those employees claiming high self-clarity (that is knowledge of their abilities, skills, and personality) were rated as higher performers. It was concluded that career decidedness is still relevant to a contemporary work environment, but that comfort with career decisions and knowledge of self (i.e. self-clarity) has the potential for far greater impact. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-246
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • career comfort
  • career decidedness
  • self-clarity
  • self-insight
  • self-knowledge
  • work outcomes


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