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Career success : the role of teenage career aspirations, ambition value and gender in predicting adult social status and earnings

Ashby, Julie S and Schoon, Ingrid (2010) Career success : the role of teenage career aspirations, ambition value and gender in predicting adult social status and earnings. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 77 (3). pp. 350-360. ISSN 0001-8791. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

Links between family social background, teenage career aspirations, educational performance and adult social status attainment are well documented. Using a contextual developmental framework, this article extends previous research by examining the role of gender and teenage ambition value in shaping social status attainment and earnings in adulthood. Drawing on data from an 18-year British follow up study we tested a path model linking family background factors (such as family social status and parental aspirations) and individual agency factors in adolescence (in particular, career aspirations and ambition value) to social status attainment and earnings in adulthood. The findings suggest that ambition value is linked to adult earnings. That is, young people for whom it is important to get on in their job earn more money in adulthood than their less ambitious peers. The findings also confirm that teenage career aspirations are linked to adult social status attainment, and suggest that family background factors, teenage career aspirations and ambition value interact to influence social status attainment and earnings in adulthood. Gender differences are discussed

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Teenage aspirations, Career outcomes, gender, ambition value, income, Learning and outcomes
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Quantitative Social Science
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2013 15:01
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:04
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