Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Effectiveness of career counseling: A one-year follow-up

an article by Sophie Perdrix, Sarah Stauffer, Koorosh Massoudi and Jérôme Rossier (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) and Jonas Masdonati (Laval University, Québec, Canada) published in Journal of Vocational Behavior Volume 80 Issue 2 (April 2012)


The short-term effectiveness of career counseling is well supported in the literature. However, the long-term impact is often overlooked. This study quantitatively investigated the long-term stability of the positive effects gained through the career counseling process and qualitatively observed participants’ levels of career project implementation.

Results indicated a continual decrease of career indecision in the long-term and stabilization with regard to clients’ satisfaction with life. Age was found to be an important variable in long-term effectiveness, with younger clients’ career decision difficulties decreasing more significantly than that of older clients.

Moreover, career decision-making readiness increased only in the long-term for emotional and motivational variables. The majority of clients implemented their career choice within a period of one year; some partially implemented it; others changed their career choice, rather successfully; and few people did not demonstrate advancement in either their choice or its implementation during this period of time.

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