2014 年 27 巻 3 号 p. 209-224
Calling in the context of career research and practice has recently been rediscovered and efforts are being made to delineate the definition and characteristics of the construct of the calling mainly among researchers abroad. To contribute to such movement and to clarify the characteristics of the construct of the calling in the Japanese context, a survey was conducted on a sample of 275 undergraduates in Japan. Based on literature survey, some of the relations of the calling and career-related variables were tested using hypotheses, while others were explored. As a result, the hypotheses regarding career self-efficacy and intrinsic motivation were supported, and through the exploratory approach, several findings were obtained about relations between work values/ vocational interests and the calling. A cluster analysis was then conducted to identify the types of those who reported a stronger sense of calling, and three types showing varying combinations of career-related valuables were identified. The author also discusses future research.