The study examines the influence of university students’ career uncertainty on career
preparation behavior based on social cognitive career theory. In particular, this study
investigates the mediating effect of career decision-making self-efficacy and the
moderating effect of the self-concept clarity.
The results of this study based on a sample of 308 university students was as
follows. First, university students’ career uncertainty was negatively related to their
career decision-making self-efficacy and career preparation behavior. Second, university
students’ career decision-making self-efficacy was positively related to their career
preparation behavior. Third, students’ career decision-making self-efficacy turned out to
mediate the relationship between career uncertainty and career preparation behavior.
Finally, students’ self-concept clarity moderated the relationship between career
decision-making self-efficacy and career preparation behavior.
In addition, this paper conclude with implications for future research, limitations of
this study, and practical application.