The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of risk-taking behaviors on career adapt-abilities and its relation with this variable. Additionally, in the study, it was aimed to test whether both the risk-taking behaviors and career adapt-abilities differentiate depending on the personal variables (education type, age, gender, class, income level of the family and grade point average). The sample group of the study comprises of students from the department of business administration in the faculty of economics and administrative sciences in a public university. As of 2015/2016 spring term, 794 registered students existed in the department and a total of 413 students participated in the study voluntarily. However, in the collected surveys, 380 surveys were accepted as valid and evaluated statistically. The participants filled the survey form which consists of personal informations and 30 mattered DOSPERT risk-taking scale (Blais&Weber,2006) and 24 mattered career adapt-abilities scale (Savickas&Porfeli,2012). According to the factor analysis of the variables in the career adapt-abilities scale, five factors as control, curiosity, future concern focused on preparation, confidence and future concern focused on apprehension were acquired. Similarly, according to the factor analysis of the variables in the DOSPERT risk-taking scale, six factors as recreational risk, short-term financial risk/ethical risk focused on others, long-term financial risk, safety risk, ethical risk focused on cheat/health risk and lastly social risk focused on career were acquired. As a result of the regression analyses, it was determined that the short-term financial risk/ethical risk focused on others factor has a mild level effect on control and future concern focused on apprehension factors. Furthermore, it was determined that factors of recreational risk, ethical risk focused on cheat/health risk and social risk focused on career had a mild effect on the curiosity factor. According to the correlation results, control factor with short-term financial risk/ethical risk focused on others factor demonstrated a not very high negative correlation. It was also determined that the curiosity factor had a positive and low relation with ethical risk focused on cheat/health risk factor and recreational risk factor and a negative and low level relation with the social risk focused on career factor. Additionally, it was determined that the confidence factor had a low and negative relation with safety risk factor and ethical risk focused on cheat/health risk factor. Moreover, future concern focused on apprehension factor demonstrated a low and negative relation with short-term financial risk/ethical risk focused on others factor. In the anova analysis results, it was determined that career adapt-abilities and DOSPERT risk-taking factors demonstrated the highest difference, according to gender and grade point average while they demonstrated a medium level difference according to education type. According to income and class variables, it was determined that only DOSPERT risk-taking factors demonstrated a difference. However, it was determined that the factors in both of the scales did not demonstrate a meaningful difference according to age variable.
Taking, Career Adapt-Abilities, Gender, Grade Point Average (GPA) and Age