This study investigated whether career insight mediated the relationship between
perceived career stress and career preparation behaviors among female college students.
In addition, the present study examined whether career resilience plays a mediating role
between career stress and career insight. Using SPSS Macro, moderated mediation
analyses were conducted. Data were collected from a survey of 270 female college
students in Korea. The results of the current study are as follows: First, career insight
mediated the perceived career stress and career preparation behaviors. Second, career
resilience moderated the relationship between career stress and career insight. For
female college students with higher levels of career resilience, great career stress
significantly weakened career insight, which was not the case of those with lower levels
of career resilience. Third, the interaction of career stress and career resilience had
significant impact on career preparation behaviors through career insight, which
indicated the moderated mediation effect of career insight through career resilience.
Based on the present findings, limitations of this study as well as implications for future
studies and counseling practices were discussed.