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Professional identity as the key to career change intention

Svetlana N. Khapova (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Michael B. Arthur (Sawyer School of Management, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Celeste P.M. Wilderom (School of Business, Public Administration & Technology, Twente Universiteit, Enschede, The Netherlands)
Jörgen S. Svensson (School of Business, Public Administration & Technology, Twente Universiteit, Enschede, The Netherlands)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 30 October 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate career change intention and its predictors among career change seekers interested in a career opportunity in the information technology (IT) industry.

Design/methodology/approach

Ajzen's theory of planned behavior (TPB) was used to predict career change intention in this group. In addition, we examined the role of professional identity in predicting career change intention. Data were collected in a sample of 225 aspiring IT professionals from four European countries: Austria, Greece, Italy and The Netherlands.

Findings

The findings showed that among four variables assumed to predict career change intention, only professional identity appeared to be a significant predictor.

Research limitations/implications

The study is limited by the use of career change seekers registered in one web‐based recruiting system.

Originality/value

The paper suggests a higher importance of professional identity in prediction of career change intention compared to other factors that constitute Ajzen's theory of planned behavior.

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Citation

Khapova, S.N., Arthur, M.B., Wilderom, C.P.M. and Svensson, J.S. (2007), "Professional identity as the key to career change intention", Career Development International, Vol. 12 No. 7, pp. 584-595. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620430710834378

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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