Callings in career: A typological approach to essential and optional components

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serval:BIB_E68B768930DF
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Callings in career: A typological approach to essential and optional components
Journal
Journal of Vocational Behavior
Author(s)
Hirschi A.
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2011
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
79
Number
1
Pages
60-73
Language
english
Abstract
A sense of calling in career is supposed to have positive implications for individuals and organizations but current theoretical development is plagued with incongruent conceptualizations of what does or does not constitute a calling. The present study used cluster analysis to identify essential and optional components of a presence of calling among 407 German undergraduate students from different majors. Three types of calling merged: "negative career self-centered", "pro-social religious", and "positive varied work orientation". All types could be described as vocational identity achieved (high commitment/high self-exploration), high in career confidence and career engagement. Not defining characteristics were centrality of work or religion, endorsement of specific work values, or positivity of core self-evaluations. The results suggest that callings entail intense self-exploration and might be beneficial because they correspond with identity achievement and promote career confidence and engagement while not necessarily having pro-social orientations. Suggestions for future research, theory and practice are suggested.
Keywords
Career calling, Vocational identity, Work values, Core self-evaluations, Work centrality
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11/08/2011 10:03
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20/08/2019 16:09
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