Professional trajectories, individual characteristics, and staying satisfied and healthy

TitleProfessional trajectories, individual characteristics, and staying satisfied and healthy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsJohnston, C, Maggiori, C, Rossier, J
JournalJournal of Career Development
Volume43
Issue1
Pagination81-98
Keywordscareer adaptability, life satisfaction, personality, professional trajectories, self-rated health
Abstract

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.

DOI10.1177/0894845315584161
Refereed DesignationRefereed