ERIC Number: EJ1071777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Does Self-Directedness in Learning and Careers Predict the Employability of Low-Qualified Employees?
Raemdonck, Isabel; Tillema, Harm; de Grip, Andries; Valcke, Martin; Segers, Mien
Vocations and Learning, v5 n2 p137-151 Jul 2012
Employability has become a key element in sustaining successful vocational careers. The role of self-directedness is considered paramount in maintaining one's employability. However, it also requires certain competences on part of employees to invest in learning and career development. This study examines the influence of self-directedness in learning and career of low-qualified employees on their employability. In a follow-up study of 284 low-qualified employees, we find that higher levels of self-directedness in learning and career of employees corresponds with higher chance to be promoted to higher-level job positions (vertical job mobility). However, no relationship was found between different formats of self-directedness and job retention or horizontal job mobility of lower qualified personnel.
Descriptors: Employment Qualifications, Vocational Education, Self Control, Competence, Employees, Career Development, Semiskilled Workers, Occupational Mobility, Correlation, Persistence, Followup Studies, Predictor Variables
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