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The Dynamics of Subjective Career Success: A Qualitative Inquiry

Department of Management & Organization, School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Sustainability 2021, 13(14), 7638; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147638
Received: 5 May 2021 / Revised: 1 July 2021 / Accepted: 3 July 2021 / Published: 8 July 2021
Current perspectives on career success have yet to show whether and how subjective career success evaluations may change over time and across career phases. By adopting a retrospective life-span approach to careers, our qualitative inquiry into the career experiences of 63 professionals contributes to the temporal understanding of subjective career success by exploring patterns in how subjective career success perceptions and priorities may change over time. The temporal development of subjective career success was explored among early-career, mid-career, and late-career workers by piecing together retrospective evaluations of career success perceptions. Our findings point to common patterns in career success perceptions across the lifespan. Specifically, we found five shift components of career success perceptions during people’s careers: (1) quitting striving for financial success and recognition; (2) an increased focus on personal development across the career; (3) a stronger emphasis on work–life balance across the career; (4) a shift toward being of service to others; and (5) no change in subjective career success components across the career. These patterns reflect ways in which workers engage in motivational self-regulation and the corresponding career goal-setting across the lifespan. The theoretical implications are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: subjective career success; career development; career phases; motivational theory of lifespan development; socio-emotional selectivity theory; motivational self-regulation; future time perspective subjective career success; career development; career phases; motivational theory of lifespan development; socio-emotional selectivity theory; motivational self-regulation; future time perspective
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Hupkens, L.; Akkermans, J.; Solinger, O.; Khapova, S. The Dynamics of Subjective Career Success: A Qualitative Inquiry. Sustainability 2021, 13, 7638. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147638

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Hupkens L, Akkermans J, Solinger O, Khapova S. The Dynamics of Subjective Career Success: A Qualitative Inquiry. Sustainability. 2021; 13(14):7638. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147638

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Hupkens, Leon, Jos Akkermans, Omar Solinger, and Svetlana Khapova. 2021. "The Dynamics of Subjective Career Success: A Qualitative Inquiry" Sustainability 13, no. 14: 7638. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147638

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