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Career success is not always an outcome: its mediating role between competence employability model and perceived employability

Career success is not always an outcome: its mediating role between competence employability... Career success has been understood as an outcome of career goals, achievement and employability resources. Recent research has enlightened its potential effect on career decisions and perceived employability. This paper aims to test the role of career success in the relationship between competence employability and perceived employability.Design/methodology/approachAn online survey was answered by 1,087 graduates from a large nonselective higher education institution that enrolls a significant number of first generation and lower socioeconomic background students. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the mediating role of career success, as was proposed.FindingsSubjective career success partially mediates the relationship between competence employability model and perceived employability. However, objective career success was not related to perceived employability.Research limitations/implicationsThe study made use of a cross-sectional design, which hinders the identification of causal direction.Practical implicationsFor training and education, both employability competences and subjective career success are resources to enhance in order to promote employee's personal beliefs about obtaining and maintaining employment.Originality/valueThis study combines different employability approaches, and their relationship with career success, considering subjective and objective career success as relevant personal resources that could impact self-perceptions and foster career behaviors. Testing the utility of these theoretical models on a group that has been underrepresented in career development studies is also relevant, particularly, the use of gain spiral concept from Conservation of Resources theory. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Career Development International Emerald Publishing

Career success is not always an outcome: its mediating role between competence employability model and perceived employability

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1362-0436
DOI
10.1108/cdi-06-2020-0141
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Abstract

Career success has been understood as an outcome of career goals, achievement and employability resources. Recent research has enlightened its potential effect on career decisions and perceived employability. This paper aims to test the role of career success in the relationship between competence employability and perceived employability.Design/methodology/approachAn online survey was answered by 1,087 graduates from a large nonselective higher education institution that enrolls a significant number of first generation and lower socioeconomic background students. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the mediating role of career success, as was proposed.FindingsSubjective career success partially mediates the relationship between competence employability model and perceived employability. However, objective career success was not related to perceived employability.Research limitations/implicationsThe study made use of a cross-sectional design, which hinders the identification of causal direction.Practical implicationsFor training and education, both employability competences and subjective career success are resources to enhance in order to promote employee's personal beliefs about obtaining and maintaining employment.Originality/valueThis study combines different employability approaches, and their relationship with career success, considering subjective and objective career success as relevant personal resources that could impact self-perceptions and foster career behaviors. Testing the utility of these theoretical models on a group that has been underrepresented in career development studies is also relevant, particularly, the use of gain spiral concept from Conservation of Resources theory.

Journal

Career Development InternationalEmerald Publishing

Published: May 4, 2021

Keywords: Perceived employability; Subjective career success; Objective career success; Competence employability

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