Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Vocational identity and career identity are related, but vocational identity as a concept extends beyond career identity. Career identity is indicative of the current career being pursued, whereas vocational identity represents an identity related to work over a long term and is more stable as one develops and becomes more confident in his or her career aspirations. Vocational identity reflects a stable pattern of interests, goals, abilities, and talents. These aspirations, interests, and goals in short provide a good framework of the work and career histories in individuals. So a person with a strong vocational identity would have a clear sense and/or picture of his or her goals, interests, skills, suitable occupational choices, and confidence in making career decisions. Strong vocational identity also refers to the ability to display confidence in the event of unforeseen and ambiguous career-related problems that may arise. Vocational identity can be conceptualized on three main ...