Understanding students’ motivation towards proactive career behaviours through goal-setting theory and the job demands–resources model

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622095
Title:
Understanding students’ motivation towards proactive career behaviours through goal-setting theory and the job demands–resources model
Authors:
Clements, Andrew James ( 0000-0003-0265-0376 ) ; Kamau, Caroline
Abstract:
The graduate labour market is highly competitive but little is known about why students vary in their development of employability. This study contributes to the literature by applying goal-setting theory and the job demands–resources model to investigate how motivational processes influence students’ proactive career behaviours. We tested four hypotheses using structural equation modelling and moderation/mediation analysis using a nested model approach; 432 undergraduates from 21 UK universities participated in this cross-sectional study. The results showed that students higher in mastery approach had greater perceived employability mediated by two proactive career behaviours (skill development and network building). Students’ career goal commitment was associated with all four proactive career behaviours (career planning, skill development, career consultation and network building). Students’ academic and employment workloads did not negatively impact their proactive career behaviours. University tutors and career services should therefore encourage students to set challenging career goals that reflect mastery approach.
Citation:
Clements AJ, Kamau C (2017) 'Understanding students’ motivation towards proactive career behaviours through goal-setting theory and the job demands–resources model', Studies in Higher Education.
Publisher:
Routledge
Journal:
Studies in Higher Education
Issue Date:
16-May-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622095
DOI:
10.1080/03075079.2017.1326022
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03075079.2017.1326022
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0307-5079
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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dc.contributor.authorClements, Andrew Jamesen
dc.contributor.authorKamau, Carolineen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-16T12:50:56Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-16T12:50:56Z-
dc.date.issued2017-05-16-
dc.identifier.citationClements AJ, Kamau C (2017) 'Understanding students’ motivation towards proactive career behaviours through goal-setting theory and the job demands–resources model', Studies in Higher Education.en
dc.identifier.issn0307-5079-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/03075079.2017.1326022-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622095-
dc.description.abstractThe graduate labour market is highly competitive but little is known about why students vary in their development of employability. This study contributes to the literature by applying goal-setting theory and the job demands–resources model to investigate how motivational processes influence students’ proactive career behaviours. We tested four hypotheses using structural equation modelling and moderation/mediation analysis using a nested model approach; 432 undergraduates from 21 UK universities participated in this cross-sectional study. The results showed that students higher in mastery approach had greater perceived employability mediated by two proactive career behaviours (skill development and network building). Students’ career goal commitment was associated with all four proactive career behaviours (career planning, skill development, career consultation and network building). Students’ academic and employment workloads did not negatively impact their proactive career behaviours. University tutors and career services should therefore encourage students to set challenging career goals that reflect mastery approach.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03075079.2017.1326022en
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dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectcareer behavioursen
dc.subjectemployabilityen
dc.subjectgoal-settingen
dc.subjectmotivationen
dc.subjectself-regulationen
dc.subjectC811 Occupational Psychologyen
dc.titleUnderstanding students’ motivation towards proactive career behaviours through goal-setting theory and the job demands–resources modelen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalStudies in Higher Educationen
dc.date.updated2017-05-16T12:47:45Z-
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