Aimless or flexible?: does uncertainty in adolescent occupational expectations matter in young adulthood?

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Author: Sikora, Joanna


While research on adolescent occupational expectations is voluminous, it either ignores students who do not report any career plans or imputes their answers. Consequently, little is known about the potential consequences that not having clear occupational expectations in adolescence might have for educational and occupational attainment in young adulthood. Therefore, this article presents evidence from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Youth (LSAY), which followed students between 2006 and 2016, to consider whether occupational uncertainty in this cohort is better understood as...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Youth; Gender; Outcomes; Career development

Keywords: Youth transitions; Career awareness; Career goal; Aspirations; Decision making; Attainment; Outcomes of education and training; Longitudinal data; Longitudinal study

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: London, England: Sage Publications, 2018

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Journal volume: 62

Journal number: 2

Journal date: August 2018

Pages: pp. 154-168

ISSN: 0004-9441, 2050-5884 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 133.723

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