PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of generation Y’s career establishment strategies on self-directedness career and to determine the moderation effect of gender on the relationship.Design/methodology/approachData were collected from 188 full-time employees from different functional areas and departments of selected MNCs in Malaysian Electrical and Electronic Industry. Partial least squares structural equation modeling was used to examine the influences of establishment strategies and the moderating role of gender on self-directedness career.FindingsFindings show that there are significant positive relationship between career strategies and self-directedness career at career establishment stages of generation Y. There is a significant difference between males and females in career establishment strategy (i.e. creating career opportunities) and self-directedness career.Research limitations/implicationsThis paper explains self-directedness career based on the review of related career literatures whereby some may not specifically referring to Generation Y.Practical implicationsSuch insights are useful for HRD practitioners dto develop relevant HRD interventions to assist individuals and organizations in career development.Originality/valueThis paper offers new insight into the predictors of self-directedness career and the moderating role of gender on the relationships.
European Journal of Training and Development – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 1, 2019
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