Waiting for a career epiphany - a barrier to decision-making?

Houston, Kathleen orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7194-9588 and Cunningham, E.A (2018) Waiting for a career epiphany - a barrier to decision-making? Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 40 . pp. 25-32.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.20856/jnicec4005


The desire for a career epiphany, a sudden realisation of a future career, can often feature as an unspoken wish in career conversations with students and graduates. This yearning for certainty causes indecisiveness, a fear of making the wrong decision or a ‘not yet’ conclusion.
In this qualitative research study, students and graduates confirmed themes of meta-indecision, a decision to not make a decision. Advice from graduates, careers advisers and employability academics challenged the need for absolute certainty as a prerequisite for first career decisions. This article argues that students and graduates can break through analysis paralysis and shape ‘good enough’ career plans.

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