Career adaptability and career adaptive behaviors: a qualitative analysis of university students’ participation in extracurricular activities

Brown, Jason L. and Dollinger, Mollie and Hammer, Sarah J. and McIlveen, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1864-9516 (2021) Career adaptability and career adaptive behaviors: a qualitative analysis of university students’ participation in extracurricular activities. Australian Journal of Career Development, 30 (3). pp. 189-198. ISSN 1038-4162


Abstract

The present research is an investigation into students' selection of extracurricular activities that support the development of their employability. The research deployed focus groups involving students (N = 25) aged 21-44 years (M = 26, SD = 6.6), 52% of the participants were female, 48% were undergraduate students, 56% were international students, and 64% were the first generation in their family to attend university. Transcripts of the focus groups were analyzed using qualitative content analysis focused on students' descriptions of career adaptive behaviors and career adaptability dimensions of concern, control, curiosity, and confidence. Through the lens of career construction theory, this present investigation has identified new findings that can help educators and practitioners understand the motivations, and interests of university students in engaging in activities that are likely to support the transition from university to work.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 01:41
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2022 01:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: employability, template analysis, career adaptability, extracurricular activities, student voice
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390115 Work integrated learning (incl. internships)
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160206 Workforce transition and employment
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/10384162211067014
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47102

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