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Expanding and Adapting the Protean Career Management Scale for University Students (PCMS-U)

  • Ludmila F. Liberato Borges (a1), Alexsandro L. De Andrade (a1), Manoela Ziebell de Oliveira (a2) and Valeschka Martins Guerra (a1)

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Many changes in the socioeconomic scenario led to the emergence of different models of career guidance, among which the protean career stands out. This model works with the prospect of a career that is self-directed and aligned with personal values, with important propositions for both professionals and students entering the work market. In the Brazilian scenario, however, there is a lack of appropriate measures to evaluate protean aspects among college students without work experience. Thus, the present study aimed at adapting and validating the attitudes towards the Protean Career Scale to this population. The sample consisted of 902 students aging from 18 to 30 years old (M = 22.52; SD = 6.53) attending 34 different undergraduate courses. Exploratory and confirmatory analysis attested the two-dimensional nature of the scale structure. The reliability indexes were satisfactory: over .65. The correlation between the protean models and factors such as personality, values, and locus of control provided adequate evidence of the measure’s predictive validity (p < .05).

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*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Alexsandro Luiz de Andrade. Departamento de Psicologia. Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo. Cemuni VI. Av. Fernando Ferrari, 514. Goiabeiras. 29075–910. Vitoria/ES (Brasil). E-mail: alexsandro.deandrade@yahoo.com

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Expanding and Adapting the Protean Career Management Scale for University Students (PCMS-U)

  • Ludmila F. Liberato Borges (a1), Alexsandro L. De Andrade (a1), Manoela Ziebell de Oliveira (a2) and Valeschka Martins Guerra (a1)

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