James P. Sampson 3/2013

Variables Affecting Readiness to Benefit from Career Interventions

This presentation identifies and briefly describes the broad range of variables that may influence clients’ readiness to benefit from career interventions. The presentation presents consequences of low readiness for effective use of career interventions and addresses implications for practice as well as for future research. Variables contributing to low readiness for effective use of career interventions include personal characteristics and circumstances, knowledge of self, options, and decision making, and prior experience with career interventions. Consequences of low readiness for using career interventions include premature disengagement, negative perception of skills and interests, selective acquisition of incomplete information, premature choice foreclosure, protracted exploration, dependent decision-making style, and poor evaluation of options.

James P. Sampson, Jr., Ph.D.
Mode L. Stone Distinguished Professor
of Counseling and Career Development
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Administration
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development
College of Education
Florida State University
P.O. Box 3064450
1114 West Call Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-4450
(850) 644-6885 (850) 644-2725 (Fax)


James P. Sampson, Jr., Ph.D
Florida State University