Impact of Self-Esteem and Self Efficacy on Career Decision Making Among Students of Private and Government Institutions

Author: Zainab Javed

Supervisor: Ms. Omama Tariq

Degree: MPhil

Year: (2009 – 2011)

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was conducted to examine the impact of self esteem and self efficacy on career decision making among students of government and private institutions. It was hypothesized that there will be a significant relationship of self esteem and self efficacy with career decision making. Correlational research design and non-probability purposive sampling technique was used. Sample comprised of 100 students (50 males and 50 females) from three government institutions and 100 students (50 male and 50 female) from four private institutions. Career decision making difficulties questionnaire (CDMD, Osipow & Gati, 1996), Rosenberg Self esteem scale (RSE, Rosenberg, 1965), and General self efficacy scale (GSES, Schwarzer &Jerusalem, 1992) were used for assessment. Pearson Product Movement correlation and Independent Sample t test were used to analyze the data. The results highlighted that students of government institutions have high career decision making difficulties. The impact of self esteem was found on career decision making difficulties, whereas there was no impact of self efficacy on career decision making difficulties. However, self efficacy’s impact was found on one facet of career decision making difficulties that is on lack of information. Females had greater career decision making difficulties as compared to males. The impact of self esteem was seen on career decision making difficulties on males as well females, however higher impact was found on females.

Keywords: self-esteem, career decision making, self efficacy.

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