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The joint effects of personality and supervisory career mentoring in predicting occupational commitment

Ridhi Arora (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India)
Santosh Rangnekar (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India.)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 9 February 2015




The purpose of this paper is to examine the joint effects of personality (agreeableness and conscientiousness) and perceived supervisory career mentoring (SCM) on occupational commitment (OC) in the Indian context. In addition, the role of SCM support as a predictor of OC was also analyzed.


A cross-sectional survey-based research design was adopted using data from 121 employees of public and private sector organizations in North India.


The results showed that the relationship between perceived SCM and OC was stronger for employees reporting high levels of agreeableness in contrast to low agreeableness. Further, perceived SCM support was observed as a significant predictor of OC in the Indian context.

Practical implications

This study suggests that for fostering an occupationally committed workforce, it is critical for supervisory mentors to understand how to deal with employees of different personality traits. Further, supervisory mentors need to be trained and empowered to render vocational support to employees at all levels.


The work advances the existing work on mentoring and vocational outcomes by demonstrating the crucial role of supervisory career support and personality interactions in predicting OC.



The authors are thankful to the Editor for his helpful comments and suggestions. The authors also thank Vivek Kumar for his support in copy-editing of this paper.


Arora, R. and Rangnekar, S. (2015), "The joint effects of personality and supervisory career mentoring in predicting occupational commitment", Career Development International, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 63-80.



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