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: 188-198. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2014.01.001

Author Zacher, Hannes
Title Individual difference predictors of change in career adaptability over time
Journal name Journal of Vocational Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-8791
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jvb.2014.01.001
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 84
Issue 2
Start page 188
End page 198
Total pages 11
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
3202 Applied Psychology
1407 Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
3319 Life-span and Life-course Studies
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.
Keyword Career Adapt-Abilities Scale
Career adaptability
Individual differences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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