Vocational pathways in the early part of a career: An Australian study

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Journal Article
Career Development Quarterly, 2002, 51 (1), pp. 78 - 86
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The vocational pathways of a representative national sample of Australian school students (N = 1,201) were examined over a 7-year period after the students left school. Results indicated that there was a disparity between the students' initial vocational interests and their occupations at the beginning of their careers. Only 21% of the students were in identical high-point interest areas at initial assessment and 7 years later. The results suggested that there was a period of career exploration that was followed by adjustment to the labor market.
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