Background. Uncertainty, complexity, unpredictability are global features of the modern labour market. The increase in de-standardisation of employment leads to the emergence of new types of occupations, the diversification of career trajectories, and the blurring of stable professional identities. The study of the behavior of young people in the state of the ambiguity of the professional future is becoming an increasingly
relevant topic for research in the field of professional self-determination.
Objective. Systemisation of the behavioral practices of young people’s professional selfdetermination and identification of the features of the vocational and educational choice implementation depending on multiple choice typical situations and characteristics of
the young people target groups.
Methods. The research is organised on the basis of the principles of qualitativequantitative (mixed) method research. Data collection methods used: keynote
interviews about multiple choice situations that arose in the past as acts of professional self-determination in order to identify external and internal resources for “overcoming” the situation, retrospective (self)assessments of the success degree in overcoming
the situation of uncertainty and the tools used to make a choice, as well as psychometric questionnaires. Mathematical methods of data processing: one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), testing of hypotheses by Fisher’s F-test and t-test of means comparison.
Results. As a result of the study, a number of dependencies were confirmed that were
previously identified by other authors and characterise the relationship between the components of self-determination activity and the personal properties of professional choice subjects. The scientific novelty of the obtained results lies in the establishment
of statistically significant differences in the self-determination processes parameters
in the target groups of Russian youth aged 15-22 in professional (vocational-educational)
self-determination typical situations that are realised in this age cohort.
Practical significance. Study results can be used to form a technology for developing pre-adaptation potential of young people, which ensures the professional development success.
professional self-determination, labour market, professional future, vocational guidance