Action-Oriented Hope: An Agent of Change for Internationally Educated Professionals

Amber Clarke, Norman Amundson, Spencer Niles, Hyung Joon Yoon

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This exploratory study examined the relationship between action-oriented hope and progression on a pathway to licensure (forward movement) for internationally educated health professionals in Canada. The Hope-Centered Career Inventory and a series of hope-based interventions were used with participants (N = 19) who were all working in an underemployed capacity in a health region. Outcomes were tracked using a mixed-methods approach. Helping and hindering factors for licensure (as experienced by participants) were also discussed. Results showed that participants made a significant improvement with regard to the hope-centered career competencies after the interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-165
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Employment Counseling
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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