Whole-Life Career Self-Management: A Conceptual Framework

Hirschi, Andreas; Zacher, Hannes; Shockley, Kristen M. (2020). Whole-Life Career Self-Management: A Conceptual Framework. Journal of Career Development, 089484532095772. Sage Publications 10.1177/0894845320957729

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Contemporary careers require flexible career self-management across the lifespan that takes work and nonwork roles into account. However, existing models of career self-management do not focus on how work and nonwork life domains interact in this process and work-life research largely neglected a careers perspective. To address this issue, we present a new theoretical framework of career self-management that considers the intersection of work and nonwork roles. Our model integrates insights from career self-management, action regulation, and the work-nonwork interface to propose how goals, action plans, and behaviors across work and nonwork roles are dynamically linked and how these processes lead to career satisfaction, work-life balance, and psychological well-being, affected by contextual and personal role expectations and resources and barriers. Our framework has implications for the theoretical understanding of career self-management, the work-life interface, a whole-life perspective on career development, and contextual factors in career development across the lifespan.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Hirschi, Andreas


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




Sage Publications




Christine Soltermann

Date Deposited:

17 Feb 2021 15:27

Last Modified:

18 Feb 2021 01:35

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

career self-management; work-nonwork; career success; lifespan; action regulation



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