Career decision making difficulties of the transition from military to civilian sector
Jenrette, Don Edwin
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The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived career decision-making difficulties of individuals transitioning from the military to civilian sector at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia from the spring and early summer of 2004. The dependent variables used in this study came from the three major categories in the Career Decision-Making Difficulties Questionnaire (CDDQ): lack of readiness, lack of information, and inconsistent information. The independent variables used in this study were taken from the selected demographics of the study participants: age, gender, education level, marital status, military rank, and reason for leaving the military. Of the six independent variables, age and gender were the two to show statistically significant differences in all three major categories of the CDDQ instrument. Findings from the study revealed that 50+ year old respondents reported more difficulty in transitioning from the military to civilian sector compared to their younger counterparts. Findings also revealed that males experienced more difficulties in transitioning from the military to civilian sector than did their female counterparts. This knowledge could contribute to building more effective tools for future transitio ners in the areas of readiness and information gathering that could eventually lead them to more effective and consistent information. While this study focused on those transitioning from the military to civilian sector immediately prior to leaving the military, more research needs to identify the transitioners’ career decision- making difficulties six months to one year after leaving the military.