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ERIC Number: EJ863572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Exploring Types of Career Orientation: A Latent Class Analysis Approach
Gerber, Marius; Wittekind, Anette; Grote, Gudela; Staffelbach, Bruno
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v75 n3 p303-318 Dec 2009
Career literature has been discussing the decline of the traditional career. Despite this debate, systematic information on the prevalence of contemporary career types is lacking. Two studies with large samples of employees aimed to determine types of career orientation, to explore their prevalence, and to validate these types by testing hypotheses relating each of the career orientations to work attitudes and sociodemographical variables. In study 1 (N = 835), we identified four types of career orientation--traditional/promotion, traditional/loyalty, independent, disengaged--applying exploratory latent class analysis. These were confirmed in study 2 (N = 737) with confirmatory latent class analysis. The variables associated with the career orientation types mostly followed the predicted pattern. Almost two thirds reported a traditional career orientation, while one fifth each expressed an independent and a disengaged orientation. This finding shows that people's career orientation does not reflect the changes that many authors argue have been occurring. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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