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How do individual factors affect career sustainability? An investigation of cascading effects through the career construction model of adaptation

Surendra Babu Talluri (Human Resource Management Area, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Lucknow, India)
Bert Schreurs (Department of Business, Faculty of Social Sciences and Solvay Business School, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussel, Belgium)
Nishant Uppal (Human Resource Management Area, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Lucknow, India)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 11 October 2022

Issue publication date: 2 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Though the recent conceptualization of career sustainability, defining its indicators and dimensions prompted an important field of careers research, empirical research is still in its infancy. The current study empirically investigates how proactive personality, career adaptability and proactive career behaviors promote career sustainability based on the career construction model of adaptation.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used a two-wave survey design to collect data from 414 full-time working professionals representing different organizations located in India. The authors tested the proposed hypotheses using structural equation modeling in IBM SPSS AMOS.

Findings

Results supported a serial indirect effect model with career adaptability and proactive career behaviors carrying the effect of proactive personality on career sustainability.

Originality/value

The study contributes to the emerging sustainable careers literature by unveiling the role of individual factors in career sustainability. Furthermore, the authors investigated these relationships through the complete career construction model of adaptation. By doing so, the current study contributes to careers literature by revealing the linkage between the career construction model of adaptation and career sustainability.

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Citation

Talluri, S.B., Schreurs, B. and Uppal, N. (2022), "How do individual factors affect career sustainability? An investigation of cascading effects through the career construction model of adaptation", Career Development International, Vol. 27 No. 6/7, pp. 584-600. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-05-2022-0120

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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