College Students' Struggles with Career Decisions and Their Personality

Struggles of college students in career making decisions


  • Heera Akbar Department of Psychology, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Summiya Ahmad Department of Psychology, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Hayat Muhammad Department of Psychology, University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan



Personality, Neuroticism, Extraversion, Career Decision-Making Difficulties


Students face challenges while selecting a career in Pakistan is very common. 99% students lack career counselling services in schools, colleges and universities. In the current study career decision-making difficulties faced by students in Peshawar was investigated when they plan to apply in a school, college and university and to evaluate what kind of assistance they need in their career choices related to their personality. Objective: To see how personality affect the decision-making of careers in students at high schools, colleges, and universities.  Methods: The influence of personality traits (Extraversion and Neuroticism) on the decision-making of career difficulties was investigated using a causal-comparative study methodology. In Pakistan, 99 percent of pupils still need career guidance. As a result, three hundred and seventy-six (N=376) students were chosen from Peshawar's various schools, colleges, and universities. Two questionnaires were used to gauge the participants' responses: The career decision-making difficulties Questionnaire and Big Five Personality Inventory.  Results: Findings suggest that most students needed help with professional decision-making and that a small percentage of students were satisfied with their selected disciplines. Conclusions: Students with high neuroticism and low extroversion had difficulty making professional decisions.


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DOI: 10.54393/pjhs.v4i08.885
Published: 2023-08-31

How to Cite

Akbar, H., Ahmad, S., & Muhammad, H. . (2023). College Students’ Struggles with Career Decisions and Their Personality : Struggles of college students in career making decisions. Pakistan Journal of Health Sciences, 4(08), 62–66.



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