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This study explores the role of perceived internal and external career barriers on undergraduates' vocational outcomes, such as academic major satisfaction and vocational identity commitment. Moreover, it tests career adaptability as a moderator in the barriers-vocational outcomes link. The study was carried out in three public universities in Lithuania. In total, 288 first and second year undergraduate students took part in it. Results demonstrated internal but not external barriers to be negatively associated with undergraduates' vocational outcomes. Furthermore, academic major satisfaction was found to be a partial mediator in the perceived career barriers-vocational identity commitment link. Finally, introducing career adaptability as a moderator revealed significant moderated mediation effects. In this case, both internal and external career barriers were found to negatively relate to vocational identity commitment through academic major satisfaction, the effect being particularly salient at the low values of career adaptability.
This study aimed to demonstrate how undergraduates' perceptions of career barriers relate to other career variables that are pertinent upon entering higher education, such as academic major satisfaction and vocational identity commitment. The results yielded several insights. First, similarly to previous findings obtained in different populations (e.g. Creed et al., 2004; Kenny et al., 2003; Leal-Muniz & Constantine, 2005), the study showed perceived career barriers to be detrimental to undergraduates' vocational outcomes. However, this was true in the case of internal barriers only: they were found to relate to both outcomes measured in this study (i.e. internal barriers related negatively to academic major satisfaction and vocational identity commitment), whereas external barriers did not predict any of the above-mentioned outcomes.