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Predicting career stability and mobility: Embeddedness and boundarylessness


Howes, LM and Goodman-Delahunty, J, Predicting career stability and mobility: Embeddedness and boundarylessness, Journal of Career Development, 42, (3) pp. 244-259. ISSN 0894-8453 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0894845314548722


This study tested occupational embeddedness and boundaryless career attitudes as a complementary explanation for career stability and mobility, in occupations previously known for lifetime employment. Current and former Australian teachers and police officers (n 315) completed an online survey about their careers. Consistent with the hypothesis, logistic regression analyses confirmed that embeddedness-related variables such as financial responsibility and age predicted having made an active decision to stay in the chosen occupation, and boundaryless career attitudes predicted having left that occupation to change careers. Contrary to the hypothesis, years in the career predicted a history of mobility and years of career-specific education did not add predictive utility to the model. Overall, the findings partially supported the complementary explanation for career stability and mobility. By including current and former occupational members, and identifying predictors of career behavior, this study contributed to deeper understanding of the changing nature of previously lifelong careers. 1

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Forensic science, expert reports, templates, terminology, communication
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Howes, LM (Dr Loene Howes)
ID Code:96374
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-11-03
Last Modified:2015-07-30

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