The longitudinal impact of self-efficacy and career goals on objective and subjective career success

Abele, Andrea E.; Spurk, Daniel (2009). The longitudinal impact of self-efficacy and career goals on objective and subjective career success. Journal of vocational behavior, 74(1), pp. 53-62. Academic Press 10.1016/j.jvb.2008.10.005

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The present research reports on the impact of occupational self-efficacy and of career-advancement goals on objective (salary, status) and subjective (career satisfaction) career attainments. Seven hundred and thirty four highly educated and full-time employed professionals answered questionnaires immediately after graduation, three years later, and seven years later. Controlling for discipline, GPA at master’s level, and gender, we found that occupational self-efficacy measured at career entry had a positive impact on salary and status three years later and a positive impact on salary change and career satisfaction seven years later. Career-advancement goals at career entry had a positive impact on salary and status after three years and a positive impact on status change after seven years, but a negative impact on career satisfaction after seven years. Women earned less than men, but did not differ from men in hierarchical status and in career satisfaction. Theoretical implications for socio-cognitive theorizing and for career-success research as well as applied implications for vocational behavior are discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Spurk, Daniel

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0001-8791

Publisher:

Academic Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daniel Michael Spurk

Date Deposited:

01 Apr 2015 17:34

Last Modified:

22 Aug 2018 08:37

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jvb.2008.10.005

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Occupational self-efficacy, Career-advancement goals, Salary, Status, Career satisfaction, Gender, Longitudinal study

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.65856

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65856

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