The Role of self-monitoring and academic effort in students’ career adaptability and job search self-efficacy

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This article examines the relationship between career adaptability, self-monitoring, academic effort, and job search self-efficacy among university students. Guided by the career construction and self-monitoring theories, we propose that self-monitoring mediates the relationship between career
adaptability and job search self-efficacy. Furthermore, we hypothesize that the indirect relationship is stronger for those with high academic effort. We test our proposed model using two samples (Sample 1 = 340, Sample 2 = 547) of university students from Thailand. Results confirm our hypothesized relationships and suggest that career adaptability is positively associated with job search self-efficacy above and beyond the effects of gender. Moderated mediation analyses revealed that the conditional indirect effect of career adaptability in predicting job search self-efficacy via self-monitoring is stronger for students with high as opposed to low levels of academic effort. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-740
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019

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  • career adaptability
  • job search self-efficacy
  • self-monitoring
  • academic effort
  • school-to-work transition


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