Variables Affecting Readiness to Benefit From Career Interventions
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2013
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The Career Development Quarterly
Volume 61, Issue 2, pages 98–109, June 2013
How to Cite
Sampson, J. P., McClain, M.-C., Musch, E. and Reardon, R. C. (2013), Variables Affecting Readiness to Benefit From Career Interventions. The Career Development Quarterly, 61: 98–109. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-0045.2013.00040.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2013
- Received 01/03/12; Revised 06/06/12; Accepted 06/07/12
This article identifies and briefly describes the broad range of variables that may influence clients’ readiness to benefit from career interventions. The article also discusses consequences of low readiness for effective use of career interventions and addresses implications for practice as well as for future research. Variables contributing to low readiness for effective use of career interventions include personal characteristics and circumstances; knowledge of self, options, and decision making; and prior experience with career interventions. Consequences of low readiness for using career interventions include premature disengagement, negative perception of skills and interests, selective acquisition of incomplete information, premature choice foreclosure, protracted exploration, dependent decision-making style, and poor evaluation of options.