I See My Future! Linking Mentoring, Future Work Selves, Achievement Orientation to Job Search Behaviors

Kuo Yang Kao, Hao Hsin Hsu, Altovise Rogers, Mi Ting Lin*, Hui Ting Lee, Ruirui Lian

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    Abstract

    Mentoring is related to young adults’ career planning. The present study attempts to examine whether the perception of future work selves could be a critical mediating mechanism underlying the relationship between the reception of mentoring functions and job search behaviors. Moreover, we also investigated the moderating role of achievement orientation on this relationship. We tested our hypotheses with a time-lagged research design. Results indicated that psychosocial mentoring was related to future work selves, and future work selves were associated with job search behaviors. Future work selves mediated the relationship between psychosocial mentoring and job search behaviors. Moreover, achievement orientation moderated the direct and indirect effects of psychosocial function on job search behaviors. Specifically, the aforementioned relationships were stronger when achievement orientation was high compared to when achievement orientation was low. Important theoretical and practical implications for mentoring and career research are discussed in the current study.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Career Development
    DOIs
    StateAccepted/In press - 2020

    Keywords

    • achievement orientation
    • future work self
    • job search behavior
    • mentoring

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