Volume 16 / Issue 2 / Pages 64-88 - Papers in the same Issue

Developmental proactivity and professional ability as older workers' employability resources. A longitudinal study explaining career events

Roobol, C., Pruijt, H., Koster, F., & Leijten, F.R.M.

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This four-year longitudinal study examines how two facets of employability-professional ability and developmental proactivity-are linked to career events among workers ages 45 years and older. We construe employability as a personal resource that predicts a higher likelihood of experiencing positive career events and a lower likelihood of experiencing negative ones. Results reveal that developmental proactivity leads to a higher probability of internal promotion, while professional ability leads to a lower probability of salary loss, demotion, and unemployment. The findings indicate that these two facets of employability can offer critical insights for understanding the career events of older workers.

Keywords: employability, personal resources, career resources, longitudinal design, older workers

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