Career aspirations of undergraduates studying at some strategic occupational programs



This paper aims to classify career aspirations by identifying career anchors and self-monitoring for a second-year undergraduates studying at two top of range universities in St. Petersburg. The participants major in strategical professions. The study involved 202 people from the following bachelor programs: «Logistics and Supply chain management» (n=98), «Sociology» (n=92) and «Human Resource Management» (n=22). The findings illustrate that peculiarities of undergraduates’ career aspirations are possible to estimate using career anchors developed by Schein and level of self-monitoring developed by Snyder which are varied for students studying at different educational programs. The results also indicate the significant differences of career aspirations between young girls and young men at each bachelor’s program. The male groups, having the same level of self-monitoring with female ones, demonstrate some differences in career anchors.

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Keywords: career aspirations, undergraduates, career anchors, self-monitoring, career management, talent management

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Volkova N.V., Chiker V.A. Career aspirations of undergraduates studying at some strategic occupational programs. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2018. Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 90–107. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2018090107. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Natalia V. Volkova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of Management, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Vera A. Chiker, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Associate Professor of the Chair of Social Psychology, St. Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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