Career Adaptability and Subjective Career Success in the Context of a Broader Career Resources Framework

Hänggli, Madeleine; Hirschi, Andreas (31 May 2019). Career Adaptability and Subjective Career Success in the Context of a Broader Career Resources Framework (Unpublished). In: 19th EAWOP Congress (European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology) - "Working for the greater good: Inspiring people, designing jobs and leading organizations for a more inclusive society". Turin, Italy. 29.05.-01.06.2019.

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Purpose: We aim to extend research on career adaptability by investigating the relative importance and incremental utility of career adaptability compared to other types of resources in relation to subjective career success (e.g., recognition, meaningful work, personal life). Design: We used online questionnaires to collect time-lagged data from 574 Swiss employees at three time points. We tested a time-lagged mediation model to test the relation of the different resources, and relative weights analysis to examine the relative importance of each resource. Results: In line with our assumptions, the key resource optimism, but not self-esteem, was significantly positively related to career adaptability and career resources. In turn, these resources – expect motivational career resources - were significantly positively related to subjective career success. In addition, the results of the relative weights analyses revealed that each resource explained unique variance in different facets of subjective career success. Limitations: We exclusively relied on self-reports and cannot claim causality based on our time-lagged data. Implications: The results demonstrate that career adaptability should be conceptualized within a larger network of resources that are relevant for attaining subjective career success. In addition, motivational and environmental career resources may be more important to attain subjective career success than career adaptability resources. Originality: The study provides a better understanding of the specific role of career adaptability for subjective career success within a larger nomological net of resources. As such, the study contributes to career construction theory specifically and the understanding of predictors of career success more generally.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Hänggli, Madeleine and Hirschi, Andreas


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Madeleine Haenggli

Date Deposited:

31 May 2019 14:00

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31 May 2019 14:00


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