The Korean Journal of Human Development

pISSN : 1226-4474

The Influence of Undergraduate Students’ Self-Directedness and Major Satisfaction upon Career Exploration Behavior and the Mediating Effect of Employability

AUTHOR : 강명숙,방은령

INFORMATION : page. 21~46 / 2015 Vol.22 No.4


The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of self-directedness, major satisfaction and employability on career exploration behavior. In the course of examining the influence of self-directedness and major satisfaction upon career exploration behavior, the mediating effect of employability was examined. A survey was conducted through a convenience sampling of 706 undergraduate students. In order to examine the influential relationship among study variables, structural equation model analysis was carried out. Bootstrapping method was applied to examine the mediating effect of employability. The results of this study were as follows. First, employability was found to have a positive impact on career exploration behavior. However, self-directedness and major satisfaction were found to have no significant direct impacts on career exploration behavior. Second, self-directedness and major satisfaction were found to have positive impacts on employability. Finally, employability was found to have a perfect mediating effect on the relationship between self-directedness and career exploration behavior, and on the relationship between major satisfaction and career exploration behavior. Accordingly, there needs to be more consideration given to enhancing employability in order to promote career exploration behavior. And undergraduate students' self-directedness and major satisfaction should be developed well in order for students to have a sustainable career competency.

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