Behaviors associated with "good" and "poor" outcomes in a simulated career decision

John D. Krumboltz, Stephanie S. Rude, Lynda K. Mitchell, Daniel A. Hamel, Richard T. Kinnier

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What career decision-making procedures enable people to make decisions that yield consequences congruent with their own values? The 40 "best" (most congruent) and 40 "worst" decision makers on the Career Decision Simulation were compared in a sample of 148 community college students. No significant differences appeared in the amount of double checking, number of occupations and information sources checked, amount of information collected, decision time required, and the proportion of information sought about high values. The "best" decision makers, however, were significantly more persistent in immediately seeking more information about an occupation that seemed to match one of their most important personal work values. Following a values-guided search appears more effective than simply searching exhaustively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-358
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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