Career Adaptability: An Integrative Construct for Life-Span, Life-Space Theory

Published on Mar 1, 1997in Career Development Quarterly0.929
· DOI :10.1002/j.2161-0045.1997.tb00469.x
Mark L. Savickas36
Estimated H-index: 36
(NEOMED: Northeast Ohio Medical University)
The four segments in the life-span, life-space approach to comprehending and intervening in careers (individual differences, development, self, and context), constitute four perspectives on adaptation to life roles. Adaptation serves as a bridging construct to integrate the complexity engendered by viewing vocational behavior from four distinct vantage points. To correspond to adaptation as the core construct, career adaptability should replace career maturity as the critical construct in the developmental perspective on adaptation. Moreover, adaptability could be conceptualized using developmental dimensions similar to those used to describe career maturity, namely planning, exploring, and deciding.
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