Emotional intelligence and optimistic cognitive style in certainty in career decision making

Victoria Alexander, Dee Bartrum, Richard E. Hicks

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

27 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

The current study tested whether Trait Emotional Intelligence variables and Optimistic Cognitive Style together predicted feelings of certainty in career decision making. Few studies have examined the effects of trait emotional intelligence or life style orientation on career choice, and no study has been found that combined both the life orientation (optimism) and the trait emotional intelligence domains and facets: this current study examined the relative weights of these facets and lifestyle orientation in relation to career certainty. Participants were from a convenience sample of 142 university students who completed a paper-and-pencil survey containing the following measures: the Life Orientation Test-Revised (assessing optimism, the Trait Emotional Intelligence Scale (TEIQue), and the Career Decision Scale (CDS).
It was found that optimism and the four main domains (of wellbeing, self-control, emotionality, and sociability) and several of the subscales of the TEIQue correlated significantly with career certainty. A unique significant predictor of Career Certainty was found to be Stability-Impulsivity (a facet in the Self-Control domain of the TEIQue) but optimism was not a factor in predicting career certainty when the stability-impulsiveness factor was accounted for. Self-control- stability (low impulsiveness) predicted career certainty. It would seem that stability in thinking and action helps career commitment (certainty). Implications are drawn for career development counselling and suggestions made for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-26
Number of pages5
JournalGlobal Science and Technology Forum (GSTF) Journal of Psychology
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Fingerprint

emotional intelligence
career
decision making
optimism
self-control
emotionality
sociability
life style
counseling
commitment

Cite this

@article{128f0e18bab64c108af92c9f65bfe503,
title = "Emotional intelligence and optimistic cognitive style in certainty in career decision making",
abstract = "The current study tested whether Trait Emotional Intelligence variables and Optimistic Cognitive Style together predicted feelings of certainty in career decision making. Few studies have examined the effects of trait emotional intelligence or life style orientation on career choice, and no study has been found that combined both the life orientation (optimism) and the trait emotional intelligence domains and facets: this current study examined the relative weights of these facets and lifestyle orientation in relation to career certainty. Participants were from a convenience sample of 142 university students who completed a paper-and-pencil survey containing the following measures: the Life Orientation Test-Revised (assessing optimism, the Trait Emotional Intelligence Scale (TEIQue), and the Career Decision Scale (CDS).It was found that optimism and the four main domains (of wellbeing, self-control, emotionality, and sociability) and several of the subscales of the TEIQue correlated significantly with career certainty. A unique significant predictor of Career Certainty was found to be Stability-Impulsivity (a facet in the Self-Control domain of the TEIQue) but optimism was not a factor in predicting career certainty when the stability-impulsiveness factor was accounted for. Self-control- stability (low impulsiveness) predicted career certainty. It would seem that stability in thinking and action helps career commitment (certainty). Implications are drawn for career development counselling and suggestions made for future research.",
author = "Victoria Alexander and Dee Bartrum and Hicks, {Richard E.}",
year = "2014",
doi = "10.5176/2345-7872_1.2.15",
language = "English",
volume = "1",
pages = "22--26",
journal = "Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF) Journal of Psychology",
issn = "2345-7872",
publisher = "Global Science and Technology Forum",
number = "2",

}

Emotional intelligence and optimistic cognitive style in certainty in career decision making. / Alexander, Victoria; Bartrum, Dee; Hicks, Richard E.

In: Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF) Journal of Psychology, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2014, p. 22-26.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Emotional intelligence and optimistic cognitive style in certainty in career decision making

AU - Alexander, Victoria

AU - Bartrum, Dee

AU - Hicks, Richard E.

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - The current study tested whether Trait Emotional Intelligence variables and Optimistic Cognitive Style together predicted feelings of certainty in career decision making. Few studies have examined the effects of trait emotional intelligence or life style orientation on career choice, and no study has been found that combined both the life orientation (optimism) and the trait emotional intelligence domains and facets: this current study examined the relative weights of these facets and lifestyle orientation in relation to career certainty. Participants were from a convenience sample of 142 university students who completed a paper-and-pencil survey containing the following measures: the Life Orientation Test-Revised (assessing optimism, the Trait Emotional Intelligence Scale (TEIQue), and the Career Decision Scale (CDS).It was found that optimism and the four main domains (of wellbeing, self-control, emotionality, and sociability) and several of the subscales of the TEIQue correlated significantly with career certainty. A unique significant predictor of Career Certainty was found to be Stability-Impulsivity (a facet in the Self-Control domain of the TEIQue) but optimism was not a factor in predicting career certainty when the stability-impulsiveness factor was accounted for. Self-control- stability (low impulsiveness) predicted career certainty. It would seem that stability in thinking and action helps career commitment (certainty). Implications are drawn for career development counselling and suggestions made for future research.

AB - The current study tested whether Trait Emotional Intelligence variables and Optimistic Cognitive Style together predicted feelings of certainty in career decision making. Few studies have examined the effects of trait emotional intelligence or life style orientation on career choice, and no study has been found that combined both the life orientation (optimism) and the trait emotional intelligence domains and facets: this current study examined the relative weights of these facets and lifestyle orientation in relation to career certainty. Participants were from a convenience sample of 142 university students who completed a paper-and-pencil survey containing the following measures: the Life Orientation Test-Revised (assessing optimism, the Trait Emotional Intelligence Scale (TEIQue), and the Career Decision Scale (CDS).It was found that optimism and the four main domains (of wellbeing, self-control, emotionality, and sociability) and several of the subscales of the TEIQue correlated significantly with career certainty. A unique significant predictor of Career Certainty was found to be Stability-Impulsivity (a facet in the Self-Control domain of the TEIQue) but optimism was not a factor in predicting career certainty when the stability-impulsiveness factor was accounted for. Self-control- stability (low impulsiveness) predicted career certainty. It would seem that stability in thinking and action helps career commitment (certainty). Implications are drawn for career development counselling and suggestions made for future research.

U2 - 10.5176/2345-7872_1.2.15

DO - 10.5176/2345-7872_1.2.15

M3 - Article

VL - 1

SP - 22

EP - 26

JO - Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF) Journal of Psychology

JF - Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF) Journal of Psychology

SN - 2345-7872

IS - 2

ER -