ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to examine the variables that affect career choice actions of college students using the regression analysis. The present study used the career choice model of social cognitive career theory(Lent et al., 1994) as a theoretical model. The career choice model mainly predicts that self-efficacy and outcome expectation are significant predictors of interests, and interests affect the choice goals and career choice actions. This research has been administered for the subjects of 531 college students(248 males, 283 females). To find main predictors of career choice actions, regression analysis was performed. The results showed that occupational self-efficacy, outcome expectation, and interests were significant predictors. In regression analysis of career choice actions as a dependent variable with occupational self-efficacy, outcome expectation, and interests as independent variables, the goodness of fit of each linear model(coefficient of determination, R2) was .215, .066, and .217. By comparing the observed values of the dependent variable(career choice actions) to the values predicted by the each regression equation, the linear model with all 3 independent variables showed the best goodness of fit to the data. In the multiple regression analysis with interests as a dependent variable, social value of occupation and self-efficacy were positively significant predictors. In a linear regression analysis with outcome expectations as a dependent variable, academic self efficacy was positively significant predictor. In a linear regression analysis with interest as a dependent variable, academic self efficacy was positively significant predictor. In a last linear regression analysis with interest as a dependent variable, outcome expectations was positively significant predictor. The limitations and implications of the study were discussed.

KEYWORD

social cognitive career theory, career actions, career self-efficacy, outcome expectation, interest

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