The role of career shocks in contemporary career development: key challenges and ways forward

Jos Akkermans*, Ricardo Rodrigues, Stefan T. Mol, Scott E. Seibert, Svetlana N. Khapova

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Abstract

Purpose: This article aims to introduce the special issue entitled “the role of career shocks in contemporary career development,” synthesize key contributions and formulate a future research agenda. Design/methodology/approach: The authors provide an introduction of the current state-of-the-art in career shocks research, offer an overview of the key lessons learned from the special issue and present several important avenues for future research. Findings: The authors discuss how the special issue articles contribute to a better understanding of career shocks' role in contemporary career development, focusing on (1) conceptual clarity of the notion of career shocks, (2) career outcomes of career shocks, (3) mechanisms that can explain the impact of career shocks and (4) interdisciplinary connectivity. Originality/value: This article offers a synthesis of the critical contributions made within this special issue, thereby formulating key ways to bring the field of career shocks research forward. It also provides new avenues for research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-466
JournalCareer Development International
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, Jos Akkermans, Ricardo Rodrigues, Stefan T. Mol, Scott E. Seibert and Svetlana N. Khapova.

Copyright:
Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Career
  • Career development
  • Career resources
  • Career shocks
  • Career success

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