Individual difference predictors of change in career adaptability over time

Zacher, Hannes (2014) Individual difference predictors of change in career adaptability over time. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84(2), pp. 188-198.

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Abstract

Career adaptability is a psychosocial construct that reflects individuals' resources for managing career tasks and challenges. This study investigated the effects of demographic characteristics and three sets of individual difference variables (Big Five personality traits, core self-evaluations, and temporal focus) on changes over time in career adaptability and its dimensions (concern, control, curiosity, and confidence). Data came from 659 full-time employees in Australia who participated in two measurement waves six months apart. Results showed that age and future temporal focus predicted change in overall career adaptability. In addition, age, education, extraversion, neuroticism, openness to experience, core self-evaluations, and future temporal focus differentially predicted change over time in one or more of the four career adaptability dimensions. While the lagged effects found in this study were generally small, the findings suggest that certain individual difference characteristics predispose employees to experience change in career adaptability over time.

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ID Code: 92349
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Career Adapt-Abilities Scale, Career adaptability, Individual differences, Personality
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2014.01.001
ISSN: 0001-8791
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
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Last Modified: 04 Feb 2016 05:00

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