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The employee evaluation of career success

Bos, Corinne van den (2012) The employee evaluation of career success.

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Abstract:In past research about career success, career researchers have always considered two types of career success: objective and subjective career success. Objective career success has been mainly measured by employees’ salary and number of promotions, while subjective career success has been measured by employees’ job and career satisfaction (Arthur, Khapova & Wildrom 2005; Seibert & Kraimer, 2001). According to Heslin (2005) evaluating and measuring career success in this way has severely narrowed our understanding of the nature of career success. The aim of this study was to gain a deeper understanding about the nature of career success by answering the questions: “Is there another dimension to career success, and what are the differences between profit and non-profit employees?” To answer this question, 20 structured interviews were conducted with ten employees working in a profit organization and 10 employees working in a non-profit organization. The results show that although measuring objective and subjective career success by employees’ salary, number of promotions and job and career satisfaction indeed facilitates our understanding of career success other indicators such as job performance, status, work-life balance and job security also play an important role in employees’ evaluation of their career success.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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