The Impact of a Career Development and Planning Course on University Students’ Career Adaptability Levels

Bal E. , Arıkan S.

Global Media Journal Turkish Edition, vol.10, no.20, pp.414-434, 2020 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 20
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Title of Journal : Global Media Journal Turkish Edition
  • Page Numbers: pp.414-434



The aim of this study was to examine the effect of a Career Development and Planning course

on university students’ career adaptability levels. A pretest–posttest quasi-experimental design

with a control group was used to examine the relationships between the variables. The sample

group consisted of 41 undergraduate students enrolled in the psychology department of a

foundation university in Istanbul. 21 students took part in the experimental group, and the rest

of the students were in the control group. The Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) was used

in the study to determine the career adaptation levels of the participants. Moreover, qualitative

data regarding the benefits of the course were gathered via an open-ended question from the

participants in the experimental group. In order to examine the effect of the Career

Development and Planning course that was applied to experimental group, the Mann Whitney

U test and Wilcoxon signed ranks test were used for making comparisons between the

measurements. To analyze the qualitative data, the descriptive analysis technique was used. The

quantitative analyses did not yield a significant impact of the course regarding students’

adaptability scores. However, the qualitative analysis results support the theoretical framework

and reflect an enhancement in the career adaptability levels of students that went through the

intervention. Overall, the research results entail suggestions that can contribute to future educational interventions and support the school-to-work transition of young adults.