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Modeling dynamics in career construction : reciprocal relationship between future work self and career exploration.

Guan, Y. and Zhuang, M. and Cai, Z. and Ding, Y. and Wang, Y. and Huang, Z. and Lai, X. (2017) 'Modeling dynamics in career construction : reciprocal relationship between future work self and career exploration.', Journal of vocational behavior., 101 . pp. 21-31.

Abstract

In extant research, scholars have treated proactive career behavior (e.g., career exploration) primarily as a consequence of future work self. Yet, emerging evidence provides support for a relationship in the opposite direction, suggesting that career exploration may also be an antecedent. Using a cross-lagged panel design, we empirically tested the reciprocal relationship between future work self and career exploration. In Study 1, we measured both future work self and career exploration at two time points with an 8-week lag among 133 Chinese university students. Results showed that future work self and career exploration are reciprocally related over time. In Study 2 (N = 228), with a longer time lag (12 weeks), results showed that career exploration (Time 1) is significantly related to future work self (Time 3), but not vice versa. Moreover, career adaptability (measured in week 8, Time 2) mediates the reciprocal effects between future work self and career exploration. We discuss theoretical and practical implications.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2017.04.003
Publisher statement:© 2017 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Date accepted:19 April 2017
Date deposited:25 April 2017
Date of first online publication:22 April 2017
Date first made open access:22 April 2019

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