Qualitative exploration of career adaptability of Turkish adolescents
CitationOzdemir, N. K. (July 01, 2019). Qualitative exploration of career adaptability of Turkish adolescents. Australian Journal of Career Development, 28, 2, 83-91.
This article reports on a qualitative study that uses a phenomenological approach to investigate the differences between adolescents with high and low career adaptability levels, regarding adaptive strategies and needs. The sample included students categorized as above the 75th percentile and in the bottom 25th percentile according to their scores on the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale. The data were gathered from 20 high school students (12 male and 8 female) from Ankara, Turkey, using career construction interviews. A content analysis revealed that exploration (self and occupations), persistence, and inquisitiveness were frequently observed in the high career adaptability group. On the other hand, lack of persistence, lack of confidence, and emotion-focused problem solving were prominent in the low career adaptability group. The results suggest the need for career education programs in schools that promote confidence and problem-solving skills for Turkish adolescents, especially those low on adaptability.