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Early career values and individual factors of objective career success: The case of the French business graduates

Laurent Giraud (Toulouse School of Management, Toulouse 1 Capitole University, Toulouse, France) (ESSEC Chair of Change Management, Cergy, France)
Alain Bernard (ESSEC Business School, Cergy, France)
Laura Trinchera (NEOMA Business School, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 22 August 2019

Issue publication date: 22 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the early career values and individual factors of objective career success among graduates from a top-tier French business school.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted a quantitative analysis of 629 graduates classified in three job markets according to income: the traditional business market, the alternative market and the high-potential business market. The graduation dates span a period of 12 years before the 2008 Recession.

Findings

The findings suggest that membership of each job market is associated with distinct early career values (when choosing/leaving the first job). Moreover, the authors confirm that the presence of a mentor, international experience, job-hopping and gender, all affect objective career success.

Practical implications

The paper discusses implications for business career development and higher business education.

Originality/value

The originality of this study lies in the identification of the individual factors of objective career success among French business graduates and the links between objective career success and early career values.

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Citation

Giraud, L., Bernard, A. and Trinchera, L. (2019), "Early career values and individual factors of objective career success: The case of the French business graduates", Career Development International, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 350-382. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-06-2017-0093

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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