What is it about?

Employment anxiety is a real challenge for graduating college students. We demonstrate that PsyCap (students' personal resource) plays a protective role against students' anxious feelings about being unemployed after school by nurturing positive job attitudes and behaviors.

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Why is it important?

The study offers practical ways for higher educational administrators and career counsellors to empower graduating students or fresh graduates to adopt the right attitudes and behaviors towards work. These practical tips are crucial in nurturing well-being given the current turbulence in the labor market.

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I believe in the saying that "health is wealth". The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has clearly made this point many times over. College students are typically dependents: on scholarship, on a relative, or on a loan. The usual expectation is that, these students cease to depend on their sponsors and, in some cases, begin to contribute right after graduation. These expectations and responsibilities can debilitate one's health if the right attitude is not nurtured. More so, if the labor market is this inconstant with mass layoffs and furloughs. What hope there is for an often inexperienced graduate? This recognition birthed this research project.

Collins Opoku Antwi
Zhejiang Normal University

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This page is a summary of: Am I Gonna Get a Job? Graduating Students’ Psychological Capital, Coping Styles, and Employment Anxiety, Journal of Career Development, May 2021, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/08948453211020124.
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