Clear career goals can enhance one’s chances of employment

 Clear career goals can enhance one's chances of employment

When jobseekers take career tests, they have an opportunity to better understand the interests and skills they possess and how these attributes can help them find the right position. These assessments can be found at school career centers and online, among other settings.

Once these individuals have started a job, having characteristics such as a clear sense of their job goals, as well as high career aspirations, can help these professionals stay employed, based on new research. These, findings will be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

In the study, researchers found that in troubling economic times, young adults who have educational aspirations, career goal certainty and an interest in job search activities stand a greater chance of gaining employment as they transition to adulthood.

The researchers arrived at these conclusions after analyzing data from the Youth Development Study, ongoing research that began with a group of St. Paul, Minnesota ninth graders in 1988. Individuals who displayed the three characteristics between the ages of 18 and 30 were more likely to gain employment when they were between 33 and 36 from 2007 through 2009.

"Although structural factors like industry, region, etc. are undoubtedly important, these three characteristics are found to be particularly significant career transition resources," said Mike Vuolo, an assistant professor of sociology at Purdue University. 

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