Self-Concept, Attitudes Toward Career Counseling, and Work Readiness of Malaysian Vocational Students
This research was supported by the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, Malaysia Ministry of Higher Education. This study was made possible by the assistance of industrial training institutes in Malaysia.
Career Development Quarterly
Vocational guidance, Work readiness
The authors examined the relationship between self-concept, attitudes toward career counseling, and work readiness among 574 Malaysian vocational students. Attitudes toward career counseling have been studied in Western cultures; however, little is known about how career counseling is perceived in Eastern cultures. Attitudes toward career counseling were examined as a potential mediator of the relationship between self-concept and work readiness. The authors applied structural equation modeling to explain these relationships. Value of career counseling was found to significantly mediate the link between self-concept and work readiness. Results supported a direct relationship between positive self-concept and work readiness skills. This may be due, in part, to a heightened value of career counseling among vocational students that increases career awareness and thus enhances work readi- ness. Future research could include samples with more female participants and additional constructs, such as self-efficacy and career adaptability.
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Lau, P. L., Anctil, T., Ee, G. T., Jaafar, J. L. S., & Kin, T. G. (2020). Self‐Concept, Attitudes Toward Career Counseling, and Work Readiness of Malaysian Vocational Students. The Career Development Quarterly, 68(1), 18-31. https://doi.org/10.1002/cdq.12210