Examining predictors and outcomes of a career calling among undergraduate students

Ryan D. Duffy, Richard P. Douglass, Kelsey L. Autin, Blake A. Allan

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Abstract

The current study examined predictors and outcomes of a career calling among 292 undergraduate students at two time points over a three-month period. Using structural equation modeling, a model was tested that examined the extent to which calling, life meaning, the search for life meaning, vocational clarity, and personal growth at Time 1 would predict these same variables at Time 2. Results showed that calling was a significant predictor of personal growth and life meaning and that life meaning, the search for life meaning, and vocational self-clarity significantly predicted the presence of a calling. Although findings demonstrating calling as a predictor variable are consistent with previous research, these results also demonstrate the potential reciprocal relation of calling to proximal work and well-being variables over time. Implications and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-318
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Elsevier Inc.

Keywords

  • Calling
  • Life meaning
  • Longitudinal
  • Well-being

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