Calling and career adaptability among undergraduate students

Richard P Douglass, Ryan D. Duffy

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The present study examined the relation of calling and career adaptability with a sample of 330 undergraduate students. The presence of a calling weakly to moderately correlated with the four components of adaptability - concern, control, curiosity, and confidence. A moderated, multiple mediation model was used to test the potential mediating effects of the four components of career adaptability on career decision self-efficacy (CDSE) and how these relations differed according to strengths use. Using bootstrapping techniques, concern and confidence were found to be significant mediators in the calling-CDSE relation. Additionally, strengths use was found to moderate the relation between curiosity and CDSE, with curiosity being a significant mediator at high levels of strengths use. After including the mediators in the model, the relation of calling to CDSE was weakened, but still significant, indicating partial mediation. These results suggest that calling relates to greater levels of CDSE in part because of increased concern, curiosity (when strengths use is high), and confidence. Directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-65
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Calling
  • Career adaptability
  • Career decision self-efficacy
  • Strengths


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