Professional trajectories, individual characteristics, and staying satisfied and healthy
|Title||Professional trajectories, individual characteristics, and staying satisfied and healthy|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Johnston, C, Maggiori, C, Rossier, J|
|Journal||Journal of Career Development|
|Keywords||career adaptability, life satisfaction, personality, professional trajectories, self-rated health|
Staying satisfied and healthy in the face of a complex and uncertain professional world is a priority for individuals. This article examines the contribution of personality traits, career adaptability, and prior well-being as predictors of well-being over 1 year in four different professional trajectory groups: those who remained employed, those who experienced a professional change, those who moved from unemployment to employment, and those who remained unemployed. Results show meaningful differences between these groups in terms of well-being over 1 year. Employed individuals have higher life satisfaction and self-rated health than unemployed individuals. Regaining employment contributes to improved well-being. Different professional situations correspond to varying levels of career adaptability, suggesting it may be a precursor for career changes. Personality traits and career adaptability predict well-being over time, but the strongest predictor of future well-being is prior well-being. Results are discussed in light of career development, personality, and well-being theory.