Journal of Career Development

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 279–289 | Cite as

Coping with Career Indecision: Differences between Four Career Choice Types


This study examined the applicability of Gianakos’ [1999. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 54, 244–258] typology of career choice—stable, conventional, multiple-trial and unstable—to emotional coping with career indecision. Three hundred-twenty (Men = 203, Women = 117) Korean undergraduates were classified into Gianakos’ four career choice types. The Coping with Career Indecision (CCI) scale was administered to measure the emotional coping ability. Results indicated that the stable and the unstable types, respectively, received the lowest and the highest scores on the CCI. Results also demonstrated that overall differences between the four types of career choice in CCI were significant, however, the differences between the conventional and the multiple-trial were not reliable. These findings suggest that consideration of emotional as well as cognitive variables needs to be considered in constructing an ideal typology of career choice.

Key words

career choice career indecision stable career choice type multiple-trial type conventional type unstable type 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYonsei UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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