Does Self-directedness in Learning and Careers Predict the Employability of Low-Qualified Employees?

I. Raemdonck, H. Tillema, A. de Grip, P. Valcke, M.S.R. Segers

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-151
Number of pages15
JournalVocations and Learning
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Employability
  • Low-qualified employees
  • Self-directed learning
  • Career management
  • Job retention
  • Job mobility
  • PROACTIVE PERSONALITY
  • SUCCESS
  • SATISFACTION
  • MANAGEMENT
  • WORKERS

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