Career decision making refers to the process that an individual undertakes when choosing a career. This study aimed to examine the effect of learning goal orientation and instrumental parental support on learning experiences and career self-efficacy. In addition, this study aimed to examine the effect of career exploration on career self-efficacy and career decision certainty. Finally, this study further sought to examine the mediating relationships among these variables through the lens of the Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT, Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994). A questionnaire was completed by 336 first year university students. All hypotheses were supported through hierarchical multiple regression analyses. As hypothesized, both learning goal orientation and instrumental parental support were positively related to learning experiences and career self-efficacy. In addition, learning experiences was positively related to both career
self-efficacy and career decision certainty.
Results indicated that learning experiences partially mediated the relationship between instrumental parental support and career self-efficacy. Results also indicated that learning experiences mediated the relationship between learning goal orientation and career self-efficacy, and career decision certainty. Results are discussed in terms of applications, limitations and directions for future research.