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The role of career competencies and proactive personality in early-career employee career adaptability

Ahmed Khamis AlKhemeiri (College of Business, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Khalizani Khalid (College of Business, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Norwahida Musa (Faculty of Business and Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Kedah, Malaysia)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 26 October 2020

Issue publication date: 13 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Employees with high career competencies are more successful in career development. However, it is unclear whether proactivity matters for early-career employees. Thus, this study aims to investigate the influence of career competencies and proactive personality on career adaptability and the moderating role of proactive personality in this relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

This study adopts a quantitative methodology, collecting data through online questionnaires from respondents (n =400) who had less than five years of work experience in the UAE. A measurement model and hypotheses testing were conducted using AMOS software. Multigroup structural equation modelling was used to test the moderation model.

Findings

The results show a direct relationship between career competencies and career adaptability. However, a proactive personality is insignificantly related to career adaptability. Further, early-career employees with low proactive personality benefit from high career competencies.

Originality/value

This study offers contributions to the emerging understanding of career construction by emphasising the important role of career competencies for early-career employees who manifest a low proactive personality.

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Acknowledgements

Declaration of interest: None.

Citation

AlKhemeiri, A.K., Khalid, K. and Musa, N. (2021), "The role of career competencies and proactive personality in early-career employee career adaptability", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 45 No. 4/5, pp. 285-300. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-05-2020-0081

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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