Title

The Dimensional Structure of Metaphors of Career and Their Relations to Career Agency, Job Search Self-Efficacy, and Negative Career Outlook

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-10-2020

Publication Title

International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance

First page number:

1

Last page number:

24

Abstract

We measured 16 career-related metaphors’ salience to university students and graduates (N = 577). The JOURNEY metaphor recorded the highest score (62%) with moderate levels for ENCOUNTERS AND RELATIONSHIPS, A STORY, and ROLES. Exploratory structural equation modelling revealed four factors labelled as Constraint (i.e. entrapped, struggling, or living within constraints), Personal Experience (i.e. humanistic, person-centred qualities), Complexity (i.e. complex, integrated parts of an unfolding whole), and Procedure (i.e. established protocols or systems of meaning making). This study demonstrates a framework for conceptualizing relations among career-related variables: career agency, job search self-efficacy, and negative career outlook.

Keywords

Career counseling; Higher education; Metaphor

Disciplines

Education | Other Psychology | Psychology | School Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Language

English

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