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Future work self and career adaptability in the prediction of proactive career behaviors

Published on Feb 1, 2015in Journal of Vocational Behavior3.387
· DOI :10.1016/j.jvb.2014.10.005
Brian J. Taber5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Oakland University),
Maureen Blankemeyer9
Estimated H-index: 9
(KSU: Kent State University)
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Abstract This study examined the motivational resource of future work self salience and the additive effect of career adaptability dimensions in the prediction of career planning, proactive skill development, and proactive career networking in a sample of university students ( N  = 113). It was hypothesized that greater clarity of future work self would predict engagement in each of the proactive career behaviors and that specific dimensions of career adaptability would have an additive effect in predicting particular proactive career behavior in line with the theory of career construction. Results indicated that future work self predicted career planning and that career concern had an additive effect. Future work self also predicted proactive skill development and proactive career networking. However, career confidence and career curiosity mediated these relationships in the prediction of skill development and networking respectively. In sum, results suggest that future work self and career adaptability play an influential role in the engagement of proactive career behavior.
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