Comparing Adolescent Purpose and Self-Oriented Life Goals in Career Aspirations

David S. Yeager

We are interested in the developmental antecedents of this purposeful way of thinking about engaging with the world through one's career. We want to know if these career aspirations, which are intentions to accomplish something, are meaningful to the self and also of intended consequence to the world beyond the self. Do young people think about their career goals in a purposeful way? Do they see career as a means for having an impact on others? Said another way, is it the case that young people's reasons for wanting a career have this beyond the self or "moral identity" component that it seems the adult exemplars have?

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