Mediating Role of Career Coaching on Job-Search Behavior of Older Generations

Doo Hun Lim, Eunjung Oh, Boreum Ju, Hae Na Kim

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This study focuses on career development processes and options for older workers in South Korea and explores how career coaching enhances their career development efforts and transition needs. The purpose of this study is to investigate the structural relationship between older employees’ goal-setting, self-efficacy, and job-search behavior mediated by career coaching. A total of 249 participants were recruited in a metropolitan city in South Korea. Based on the literature review, hypotheses were developed and tested on the structural model and the following findings were revealed. First, the findings indicate a positive effect of self-efficacy on older workers’ job-search behavior. Second, the value of career coaching was found to affect older workers’ job-search behavior in the South Korean context. Third, career-goal commitment alone did not have a positive significant effect on job-search behavior, but it was influential through the mediating process of the perceived quality of the career coaching program provided by an employment center in South Korea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-104
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • career coaching
  • job-search behavior
  • older generation
  • self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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