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Studies have supported the positive role of perceived El and trait El in the prevention of difficulties in career decision-making as well as their positive relation to using more adaptive strategies. Pilarik’s (2016) study confirmed the positive relation of perceived El with four adaptive strategies of career decision-making and negative relations with procrastination in high-school students. Latalova and Pilarik’s (2015) study confirmed, that perceived El was also positively related to the adaptive strategies of career decisionmaking (Information gathering, Information processing, Locus of control, Effort invested in the process, Aspiration for an ideal occupation) and negatively related to Procrastination. In that study research participants were high-school female students (n = 173) of social sciences (psychology, social work). Limitations of this previous research were that the sample was only of females and only involved the professions that their school was preparing them for. Based on previous research in this current study, we assumed that perceived El in adolescents will be positively related to adaptive (HI) and negatively related to maladaptive strategies of career decision-making (H2). We also assumed that perceived El will be positively related to Using intuition (H3), negatively related to regret of career decision-making (H4) and positively related to satisfaction with career decision-making (H5) after realization of career choice. Our aim was to confirm the relation between perceived El and strategies of career decision-making on a larger, mixed gender sample of university students.



The sample consisted of 655 university students (389 women, 266 men) aged 18-23 (M = 19.60: SD = 1.04). Students were attending the 1st (bachelor level) year of Slovak universities. Participants studied in the following fields: Education (41.1 percent), Social, Economic, and Law sciences (16 percent), Health (14.5 percent), and Information sciences and Math (28.4 percent).

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