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Prerequisites to guarantee life‐long employability

Beatrice van der Heijden (University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 1 February 2002



Can employees in possession of a high degree of professional expertise look forward to unlimited mobility and employability? Are they able to cope easily with new job assignments and re‐employment in different fields? These thought‐provoking questions and others are well worthwhile further investigation. In view of improvements in human resource management, it would seem of importance to find out to what extent their career performance is exemplary and whether it should be imitated. For this reason, this article discusses the relationship between five dimensions of professional expertise and the degree of future employability of 406 higher level employees. The central position is that the possession of expertise is necessary to guarantee employability throughout the career.



van der Heijden, B. (2002), "Prerequisites to guarantee life‐long employability", Personnel Review, Vol. 31 No. 1, pp. 44-61.




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