Anxiety as a Determinant of Career Indecision in College Students

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Anxiety as a Determinant of Career Indecision in College Students


Byline: Uzma Ali and Mahjabeen Tariq

ABSTRACT

The purpose of the present study is to determine the relationship between career indecision and anxiety in college students. It was hypothesized that Career Indecision will be positively correlated with Anxiety. The sample was selected randomly from different colleges of Karachi. It was consisted of 50 male and 50 female college students belonged to upper middle and middle socio economic class. Their age range was between (15-19) years with the mean age of (17.15 years, SD=.83). The Career Decision Making Scale (Osipow, 1987) and IPAT anxiety Scale (Krug, Scheier andamp; Cattell, 1976) was administered on the students. Pearson product moment correlation was done. It was found that there was a significant positive relationship between career indecision and anxiety (r =.310, pandlt; .01). It is concluded that anxiety plays a significant role in career indecision in students.

INTRODUCTION

Career Decision Making can be defined as the planning about the future of career or a profession. It is the understanding of a person to make the dream a reality. Many people think of what they urge to accomplish from their careers. Many people do not pursue their true career aspiration due to the fear of failure (Coomber, Crainer, andamp; Dearlove, 2002). An important aspect of career development is the awareness about the educational requirements for a specific career. Grotevant a n d Durrett in 1980 (as cited in Santrock, 2003) conducted research on a sample of 6,029 high school students in Texas and the results showed the lack of accurate information about desired careers among students. In another study, it was investigated that career development is related to the development of uniqueness in the individuals.

Career decision and planning both are positively related with the success in uniqueness, while the same is negatively related to uniqueness suspension and uniqueness diffusion status (Wallace-Broscious, Serafica, andamp; Osipow, 1994; as cited in Santrock, 2003).

Several studies were conducted on different aspects of difficulties in the career decision making.

Saka, Gati and Kelly (2008) focused in a study to analyze the emotional and the personality related issues of career decision making difficulties.

The model consisted of three clusters of negative view, anxiety, and self identity and identity. Saka and Gati (2007) used the Emotional and Personality related Career decision making Difficulties scale (EPCD), and concluded that the four personality aspects, general indecisiveness, self esteem, trait anxiety, and identity status were the constant difficulties in the career decision making process. A longitudinal study was conducted on 747 students, and results showed that the individuals with high scores on the (EPCD) were less confident in their career choice at the start of the academic school year and they had not decided about their goal to pursue, at the end of the year.

Previously, Osipow, 1987 cited the work of several researchers (Taylor, 1979; Gordon andamp; Osipow, 1976; Westbrook, Cutts, Madison, andamp; Arcia, 1980).

They identified the importance of the role of fear of success and locus of control in the career indecision. Faye et al. (2002) investigated the ability of moderate level of understanding to deal with the career indecision and the related level of anxiety in those women who were doing low level of jobs. Results indicated that women had moderate level of anxiety and perceived high external control, hence faced more problems as compared to men. Later Kleimans et al. (2004) explored the dysfunctional thinking and difficulties in career decision making. There are some factors that play a role in indecision of career other than anxiety, for example Santrock (2003) reviewed the studies of Roe (1956) and Elkind (1981) and emphasized the importance of parent child relationship in the career decision making. …

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