Neue Publikation im Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Spurk. D., Volmer, J., Orth, M.B., & Göritz, A.S. (in press). How do career adaptability and proactive career behaviors interrelate over time? An inter- and intraindividual investigation. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. [*shared first authorship]
Daniel Spurk & Judith Volmer share first authorship. Using and extending career construction theory (CCT), this study disentangled parallel and attenuating relationships between career adaptability and proactive career behaviors on both the interindividual and intraindividual levels. Using a large heterogeneous sample of working adults, univariate and bivariate latent growth curve analyses were conducted (three measurement points, 9-month time span). On the one hand, career adaptability and proactive career behaviors showed positive relations of initial interindividual levels. Furthermore, intraindividual changes in career adaptability and proactive career behaviors were positively related, pointing toward a parallel development. On the other hand, as predicted, the initial level of career adaptability was negatively related to the slope of developmental trajectories of proactive career behaviors. In other words, because the average growth rate for proactive career behaviors was negative, this means that individuals with higher initial career adaptability showed stronger decreases in proactive career behaviors. Finally, only the intraindividual developments of career adaptability, but not of proactive career behaviors, positively predicted higher levels of career satisfaction. These findings point toward diverse developmental relationships between career adaptability and proactive career behaviors. Results are discussed against the background of CCT and successful career development.