Vocational Identity Formation of College Students in Macau

Baixiao Ouyang, Shuh Ren Jin, Hsiu Lan Shelley Tien*

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Forming a vocational identity is a main developmental task during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. This study examined identity formation of college students in Macau, China, based on a neo-Eriksonian identity formation framework. Data were collected through semistructured in-depth interviews of 19 college students in Macau. All data were transcribed and analyzed by thematic analysis. Results indicated 2 themes, each with several subthemes that describe participants' vocational identity formation process. This study contributes to the vocational identity literature by integrating a collaborative perspective into the discussion of vocational exploration and revealing unique issues of vocational identity formation in a non-Western and developing society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-258
Number of pages15
JournalCareer Development Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sept 1


  • Chinese culture
  • Macau
  • college students
  • vocational exploration
  • vocational identity formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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