Thursday, 14 March 2013

A Short Form of the Career Futures Inventory

an article by Peter McIlveen, Lorelle J. Burton and Gavin Beccaria (University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia) published in Journal of Career Assessment Volume 21 Number 1 (February 2013)


The purpose of this study was to test the international transferability and structural validity of the Career Futures Inventory (CFI) in a sample of Australian university students (N = 1,566).

Exploratory factor analysis of the data from a random half-split of the sample supported a three-factor solution equivalent to the original CFI subscales, Career Optimism, Career Adaptability, and Perceived Knowledge.

Confirmatory factor analysis of the data from the remaining random half-split supported the structural validity of a short form, the CFI-9.

The subscales of the CFI-9 had acceptable internal consistencies and correlations with measures of academic major satisfaction, career choice satisfaction, and generalised self-efficacy.

It was concluded that the properties of the CFI and the CFI-9 were sufficient to explore their application as measures of perceptions of employability. It was suggested that the CFI-9 has potential as a diagnostic screening tool for counselling and educational interventions.

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