Examining calling as a double-edged sword for employability

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Abstract

Using a two-study design (total N = 1232), this paper examines the relationship between calling and employability. We suggest that, on the one hand, calling can positively relate to employability due to individuals’ engagement in proactive professional development (PPD). On the other hand, calling can negatively relate to employability due to the career inflexibility that is associated with having a calling. The results of Study 1 revealed that calling does not directly relate to employability. When accounting for PPD in the calling-employability relationship, we found that calling positively and indirectly relates to occupational expertise dimension of employability, while it relates negatively and directly to personal flexibility dimension of employability. Findings from Study 2 showed that calling indirectly relates to employability both positively through PPD and negatively through career inflexibility. The findings from the two studies suggest the double-edged nature of a calling in relation to employability. The importance of these findings for understanding the career-related outcomes of calling is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-272
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume104
Early online date15 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Calling
  • Career development
  • Career flexibility
  • Employability
  • Self-regulation

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