Making Career Decisions in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic. An Analysis of Disadvantaged Student Groups


  • Gabriel Mares Psychologist, “Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacău, Bacău, România
  • Venera-Mihaela Cojocariu Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacau, Romania
  • Cristina Cîrtiţă-Buzoianu Associate Professor, PhD, “Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacău, Bacău, România



educational change, job domains, professional interests, jobs offer, disadvantaged student groups


The educational area is a social sector where the COVID-19 pandemic impact involves making many exponential changes. In many countries, the transition from face-to-face education to on-line education implies a revolution in the hierarchy of job domains/jobs offer. Young people’s career plans may be different under the impact of internal and external factors generated by this new context. Theoretical framework revealed that under the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the career decision-making process becomes more difficult to assume by taking into consideration the job nature, the sense of belonging, and the balance between passions and risks involved. By referring to these aspects a question arises: Will the pandemic also create a crisis in the career-making decision process for young people? The research group consisted of 108 undergraduates' from 12 grades, attending high schools from cities under 10,000 inhabitants. Hypothesis: There is a tendency to focus on training areas dominated by the practical aspects than the theoretical one as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We used a Romanian adapted version of the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Questionnaire used in counseling and carrier orientation services for identification of professional interests of the students. The obtained results show that it is important for high school students to receive quality services for carrier guidance and psycho-educational support to prevent over-introversion and over-critical attitude about others and themselves, self-isolation correlated with a high level of sensing and sensitiveness.

Author Biographies

Gabriel Mares, Psychologist, “Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacău, Bacău, România

Gabriel MAREȘ is psychologist at “Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacau, The Department of Professional Counseling. He had PhD in Sciences of Education and his research concerns are in the sphere of adult education, parents’ education, therapeutic relationship, people with special needs and career counselling. His research is reflected in articles, books and chapters of books, textbooks, and course materials, participation at conferences. He has clinical expertise in working with ASD people and families, HIV-infected people, people with chronic diseases. Also, he had experience in teaching as trainer in life skills development programs for children and young people, on-line teaching using participative and co-creative methods.

Venera-Mihaela Cojocariu, Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacau, Romania

The Pre- and In- service Teacher Training Departament,

Head of The Department of Professional Counselling

Cristina Cîrtiţă-Buzoianu, Associate Professor, PhD, “Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacău, Bacău, România

Cristina CÎRTIȚĂ-BUZOIANU is Associate Professor, Doctor in Philosophy at “Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacau, at the Department of Communication of the Faculty of Letters.


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Mares, G. ., Cojocariu, V.-M., & Cîrtiţă-Buzoianu, C. (2021). Making Career Decisions in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic. An Analysis of Disadvantaged Student Groups. Postmodern Openings, 12(1), 328-346.



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