Sa-OR-S138-3 - 'More Than A Job' - Influence Of Career-Fit Beliefs On Career Decision-Making

Career patterns and mobility
Oral Presentation
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Saturday May 20   12:00 PM to 12:15 PM (15 minutes)
Labor market issues
Career patterns and mobility
'More than a job' - Influence of career-fit beliefs on career decision-making
C. Gardiner 1,*
1School of Management, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Content: Purpose
Extensive career research on the individual and the exercise of their career agency has developed since protean career (Briscoe & Hall, 2006) and boundaryless career (Arthur & Rousseau, 2001) concepts were advanced. Occupational commitment as a factor in individual career goal-setting and decision-making remains underexplored (Jones & McIntosh, 2010; Teng et al, 2009). Drawing on the work of Meyer, Allen and Smith (1993) and Blau (2003), we explored the extent to which career beliefs based on fit and occupational commitment influenced career decision making among three groups: (i) individuals in career transition through involuntary redundancy; (ii) individuals in an occupation characterised by personal risk and stress but also deep attachment and long service histories; and (iii) individuals in an ‘accidental’ occupation, i.e. an unintended but satisfying career niche. 
Eighty-two semi-formal interviews were conducted overall in three purposive samples exploring factors that positively influence occupational satisfaction and lessen the impacts of negative factors in the work or individual career situation. 
Development of a professional identity related to a particular occupation can occur through logical or intuitive alignment at cognitive, emotional and values levels, influencing career goals, job satisfaction, persistence in occupational adversity and feelings of authenticity.
The purpose here was exploratory, larger scale research will result in more generalizable findings.
The research contributes to knowledge and practice for talent management, career counselling and interventions and individual career planning.
To our knowledge, the topic is under-explored in these groups and this study contributes valuable additional understanding.


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