Work values and career adaptability of Chinese university students 
Lihui Ye (Huaqiao University), 2015, 43(3), 411–422

I was very interested to read this article on work values and career adaptabilities, as I was also a Chinese university student not long ago. Given the high number of Chinese university graduates every year (7,490,000 in 2015), as well as the occurrence of “far-reaching economic reforms during the last few decades,” understanding the relationship between work values and career adaptability is definitely important for these students’ futures. 

In this article, the author explains the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic work value types, and examines how they are related to career adaptability. Results of the survey of 407 Chinese university students showed that “the relationship between the students’ work values and their career adaptability was positive,” and that “intrinsic work values’ effect on career adaptability is beyond extrinsic work values.

As a Chinese university graduate, my own experience is that the following conclusions drawn from the results of this study are very accurate: a) Advice from parents and teachers are usually the main factors in decisions about career planning, and b) People place the most importance on attending higher ranked universities, regardless of what majors are offered. Therefore, Dr. Ye proposed in this article that “university students’ work values would be an important basis for their motivation in developing their career adaptability.”

The study results show that the effect of intrinsic work values on career adaptability is greater than that of extrinsic work values. With the fast growing economy and changing job market dynamics that exist in China, the traditional university–career pathway may not be the best choice to ensure students’ adequate job adaptation in the future.

Fanchao (Martin) Meng | Chinese Translator
Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal