The effects of a 13-week career development programme on career-adapting thoughts and behaviours

Abstract

This quasi-experimental design study investigated an interactive and practical Career Development Programme (CDP), a 13-week career guidance and counselling (CGC) intervention, on a sample of 224 Czech students. Students who received the CGC intervention and those from the “waiting list” who expressed interest in gaining support through the CDP were assessed at the beginning and at the end of the 13-week intervention. The findings indicated the benefits of CDP for the transition from university to working life: as hypothesized, the CDP increased career adaptability and cooperation, career construction and career maturity of students and graduates.

Résumé

Les effets d’un programme de développement de carrière de 13 semaines sur les pensées et les comportements associés à l’adaptabilité de carrière Cette étude quasi-expérimentale a examiné un Programme de Développement de Carrière (PDC) interactif et pratique, une intervention de conseil et d’orientation de 13 semaines, sur un échantillon de 224 étudiants tchèques. Les étudiants qui ont participé à l’intervention et ceux sur la « liste d’attente » qui ont exprimé leur intérêt à obtenir du soutien au travers du Programme de Développement de Carrière (PDC) ont été évalués au début et à la fin des 13 semaines d’intervention. Les résultats ont montré les bénéfices du Programme de Développement de Carrière (PDC) pour la transition de l’université à la vie professionnelle : comme proposé dans nos hypothèses, le PDC augmente l’adaptabilité de carrière et la collaboration, la construction de carrière et la maturité professionnelle des étudiants et diplômés.

Zusammenfassung

Die Auswirkungen eines 13-wöchigen Laufbahnentwicklungsprogramms auf laufbahnadaptive Gedanken und Verhaltensweisen Diese quasi-experimentelle Studie untersuchte an einer Stichprobe von 224 tschechischen Studierenden ein interaktives und praktisches Career Development Programme (CDP), eine 13-wöchige Intervention zur Berufsberatung und -orientierung. Studierende, die die Intervention erhielten, und diejenigen von der “Warteliste”, die Interesse an einer Unterstützung durch das CDP bekundeten, wurden zu Beginn und am Ende der 13-wöchigen Intervention getestet. Die Ergebnisse zeigten den Nutzen des CDP für den Übergang von der Universität ins Berufsleben auf: Wie erwartet, erhöhte das CDP die Laufbahnadaptivität und Kooperation, das Verständnis der Laufbahnentwicklung, und die berufliche Reife der Studierenden und Absolventen.

Resumen

Los efectos de un programa de desarrollo profesional de 13 semanas en la adaptación de la carrera profesional pensamientos y comportamientos Este estudio de diseño cuasi-experimental investigó un Programa de Desarrollo de Carrera (CDP) interactivo y práctico, una intervención de 13 semanas de orientación y asesoramiento profesional (CGC), en una muestra de 224 estudiantes checos. Los estudiantes que recibieron la intervención CGC y los de la “lista de espera” que expresaron su interés en obtener apoyo a través del CDP fueron evaluados al principio y al final de la intervención de 13 semanas. Los resultados indicaron los beneficios del CDP para la transición de la universidad a la vida laboral: de acuerdo con la hipótesis, el CDP aumentó la adaptabilidad y cooperación de la carrera, la construcción de la carrera y la madurez de la carrera de los estudiantes y graduados.

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This work was supported by the Internal Grant Agency of the University of Economics, Prague under Grant IGA F3/49/2018.

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Motlova, V., Honsova, P. The effects of a 13-week career development programme on career-adapting thoughts and behaviours. Int J Educ Vocat Guidance (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10775-020-09454-z

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Keywords

  • Career guidance
  • Career adaptability
  • Career maturity