Career decision status as a predictor of resignation behavior five years later

Jo Earl, Amirali Minbashian, Aun Sukijjakhamin, Jim Bright

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    This paper extends earlier research exploring the relationship between career decision status and work outcomes by examining resignation behavior in a group of new graduates five years after initial appointment. On appointment various measures were collected including career decision status variables. Earlier research identified a significant relationship between a number of important work outcomes and career decision status. In the current study two variables-career decidedness and career choice importance-predicted resignation behavior. Those people who on appointment scored higher on career decidedness or lower on career choice importance were significantly more likely to stay in the organization than others. The implications of this finding for individuals and organizations are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)248-252
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


    • Career choice importance
    • Career decidedness
    • Career decision status
    • Resignation


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