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Dr. Jos Akkermans is Associate Professor of Sustainable Careers and Organizational Behavior at the department of Management and Organization at VU Amsterdam. He is the program director of the Business Administration Master program, and leading researcher on projects related to sustainable career development, changing employer-employee relationships, and young workers.

Jos is associate editor at Career Development International, and he is part of the executive team of the Careers Division of Academy of Management. In addition, he is actively involved in cooperating with businesses and professionals. Among other things, he is a board member of the Dutch Foundation of Management Development (NFMD), a consultant at Royal FrieslandCampina, a board member of the applied science board of Knowvium, and he is regularly invited for keynote lectures and workshops during conferences and in companies.


Jos' research primarily focuses on sustainable careers and changing employer-employee relationships. He studies the development and management of sustainable careers by examining topics such as employability, career crafting, and career shocks, and is also especially interested in studying study success and school-to-work transitions as the foundation of sustainable careers. He also researches changing employer-employee relationships, focusing on topics such as psychological contracts, job crafting and job design, employee well-being, and innovative methods of recruiting and selecting talent. Jos has published in high-profile journals such as Journal of Vocational Behavior, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Applied Psychology: An International Review, and Human Resource Management. In addition, he is associate editor of Career Development International and editorial board member of Journal of Vocational Behavior.


Jos is the program director of the Business Administration Master’s program at the School of Business and Economics. In addition, he is program coordinator of the HRM Master’s program, teaches several courses such as Recruitment & Selection (MSc), and HRM & Organizational Behavior (BSc), and he supervises PhD students, Master’s students, and Bachelor students. Jos has been trained as a senior university teacher (SKO), he won the Faculty Best Teacher award in 2016, and he was voted in the top 3 Best Teaching Talents of VU Amsterdam in 2016.

Prizes and Awards

Academy of Management Outstandinding Reviewer Award 2017

Academy of Management Careers Division Best Symposium Award 2016

Academy of Management Outstanding Reviewer Award 2016

Academy of Management Best Reviewer Award 2015

Faculty Best Lecturer Award 2016

VU Talented Teacher Award Top 3 2016


GLOMO Project - €4 million grant obtained from the Horizon 2020 ITN European grant program as part of an international consortium. The aim of the project is to examine global career mobility. In total, there are 15 PhD project connected to GLOMO.


CareerLEAP Program - €150.000,- grant obtained in cooperation with Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin for the further development and empirical testing of the CareerLEAP program, which is an intervention that aims to help disadvantaged unemployed youth obtain employment.


LevelUp - €11.7761,- grant obtained in cooperation with University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin for the development and empirical testing of the Level Up program, which aims to help high school students gain important career-related competencies.


VU to Work - €250.000,- grant obtained by VU Amsterdam and the postgraduate Accounting program at VU Amsterdam for the 4-year fulltime PhD project "VU to Work", which aims to uncover critical antecedents and consequences of the school-to-work transition in the contemporary career.

Ancillary activities

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Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-02-19)

Education / Academic qualification

PhD, Universiteit van Utrecht


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Research Output 2009 2017

  • 15 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research external, graduation external

Crafting your Career: How Career Competencies Relate to Career Success via Job Crafting

Akkermans, J. & Tims, M. 2017 In : Applied Psychology. 66, 1, p. 168-195

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Trending topics in careers: A review and future research agenda

Akkermans, J. & Kubasch, S. 2017 In : Career Development International. 22, 6, p. 586-627

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle