Motivational Readiness of Law Students for Future Professional Work


The paper substantially analyzes modern approaches to the concept of a person’s motivational readiness and examines how it is manifested in students in regard to their future professional work. The paper presents the results of an empirical study that was carried out in Saratov State University named after N. G. Chernyshevsky in 2014 and 2015. The study included undergraduate students in the final year of their degree program in law (N = 101) and employed the following instruments: a shortened version of the Job Diagnostic Survey (J. R. Hackman and G. Oldham, adapted by A. B. Leonova); the Motivation Ranking Scale (V. K. Tarasova); the Purpose in Life Test (J. Crumbaugh, L. Maholick, adapted by D. A. Leontiev); the Socio-Psychological Attitudes instrument (O. F. Potemkin). The paper performs an analysis of general trends and differences in career-oriented motivation of the students with different levels of motivational readiness, and demonstrates how it is conditioned by the purpose in life. It is demonstrated that the students’ professional motivation is characterized by its correlations with purpose-in-life orientations and socio-psychological attitudes of the individual. The paper puts forward recommendations on how to develop motivational readiness to future professional work in students. The findings of the study can be applied in providing psycho-pedagogical support in professional self-determination to people who are in the process of choosing a career or studying at university.


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