Sustainable careers for everyone?

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Recently, research on sustainable careers is gaining traction in the scholarly discussion on careers. This is evidenced by an increase of publications on the topic (e.g., the Handbook of Research on Sustainable Careers by Ans De Vos and Beatrice Van der Heijden), by an upcoming special issue in the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and by a prominent role in international conferences such as AOM and EAWOP. In line with existing career perspectives such as boundaryless and protean careers, the sustainable career perspective emphasizes that individual agency is at the foundation of career sustainability. At the same time, the perspective adds to other paradigms by arguing that the context in which careers evolve, and events and changes that occur over time, are also crucial factors that need to be taken into account. As such, research on sustainable careers takes a systemic and dynamic perspective.

In this research talk, I will discuss some of the studies that I have done and am currently doing that relate to sustainable career development. I will share the conceptual model that was recently published and discuss which elements we believe to be at the core of career sustainability. Also, I will discuss research on the person by discussing studies on career resources; on the context by discussing ongoing studies about employment relations; and on time by discussing studies on career shocks. Hopefully, this will lead to an inspiring discussion with the attending audience on ways to move forward in researching career sustainability.
Period28 Feb 2019
Held atUniversity of Bern, Switzerland