Resource dynamics to overcoming career and work-related vulnerabilities (IP7–Career Paths)

Research Agenda

This research addresses the dynamic role of personal resources (specifically, their psychological and social dimensions) in overcoming occupational disadvantages and facilitating career development. Previous research has highlighted a number of personal resources that promote proactive response to occupational demands and thus help maintain employees’ well-being. Despite increasing attention to the topic, there is a strong need for more systematic longitudinal evidence on how, when, and for whom these resources prevent vulnerability and reinstall, sustain or increase well-being over time.

In Phase III, we shall so focus on three underexplored aspects of the interplay between occupational stressors, personal resources, and professional careers on well-being and other indicators of vulnerability: 1) The interaction between personal resources (eg career adaptability or character strengths), life-course stressors (spells of unemployment, migrations, career interruptions, timing of children birth, etc.) and social variables (gender, socio-economic status, education, family status, etc.). 2) The dynamic nature of well-being by investigating the interaction between employee resources and working conditions. 3) Integrating the results of the MyWay study of Phases I and II (Professor Alexandra Freund; PI) and the laboratory studies on exhaustion and recovery of Phase III, we shall address the question of how the boundary management in the pursuit of goals in multiple life domains (work, family, leisure) affects exhaustion and recovery.


Jérôme Rossier (University of Lausanne); Alexandra Freund (University of Zurich)
  • UNIL: André Berchtold, Franciska Krings, Jonas Masdonati
  • UNI ZH: Willibald Ruch, 
  • HES-SO (FR): Christian Maggiori
Researchers and post-docs
  • UNIL: Koorosh Massoudi, Ieva Urbanavicitute
  • UNI ZH: Grégoire Bollmann, Fabian Gander, Jennifer Hofmann
  • UNI BE: Claire Johnston
Doctoral students
  • UNIL: Iván Canzio, Serguei Rouzinov, Victoria Schüttengruber, Shagini Udayar