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Psychological resources, satisfaction, and career identity in the work transition: an outlook on Sicilian college students

Authors Santisi G, Magnano P, Platania S, Ramaci T

Received 6 February 2018

Accepted for publication 22 March 2018

Published 18 May 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 187—195

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PRBM.S164745

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Igor Elman


Giuseppe Santisi,1 Paola Magnano,2 Silvia Platania,1 Tiziana Ramaci2

1Department of Educational Sciences, University of Catania, Catania, Italy; 2Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, “Kore” University of Enna, Enna, Italy

Background: The phases of career building today bring out a more complex process than in previous decades. Starting from the literature review, the university-to-work transition is considered a very important step in the future career of the graduates, and it involves some psychological resources and requires specific abilities.
Methods: Research has examined the psychological resources that students at the end of a degree course can use in the university-to-work transition. The aim of the study is to verify the relationship between academic satisfaction and career identity, and the mediational role of readiness and confidence on this relationship. A group of 438 students were assigned to complete a questionnaire in order to examine the relationship between academic satisfaction and career identity and the role of core components of psychological resources: readiness and confidence as mediator.
Results: The results indicated both a direct relationship between academic satisfaction and career identity and a mediated relationship with the influence of readiness and confidence for a transition. Adding to our results, we assert that academic satisfaction has a directed effect on confidence during the transition and is a predictor of career identity, both directly and by the mediation of readiness in career transitions.
Conclusion: Career identity has implication for exploratory behavior, thus increasing the motivation and mindfulness that create a virtuous circle, influencing the development of knowledge and skills, which are the base of proactivity and confidence in construction of one’s future career.

Keywords: career, transition, identity, satisfaction, resources

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