Careers and meaningful work

Environmental and societal changes, such as increased globalisation, technological advancements, workforce diversity, and temporary employment contracts have created significant changes in how individuals enact and manage their work and career. These changes call for a conversation on the topic and the development of research-based solutions that can enable employees’ experiences of meaningful work and careers in organisations. Our research interests concern topics as the sources of meaningful work and its consequences for individuals and organisations, proactive careers, changing employer-employee relationships, school-to-work transitions, and employability.

Recent key publications

  • Blokker, R., Akkermans, J., Tims, M., Jansen, P. G. W., & Khapova, S. N. (2019). Building a sustainable start: The role of career competences, career success, and career shocks in young professionals’ employability. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 112, 172-184.
  • El Baroudi, S., Khapova, S. N., Jansen, P. G., & Richardson, J. (in press). Individual and contextual predictors of team member proactivity: What do we know and where do we go from here?. Human Resource Management Review.
  • De Vos, A., Van der Heijden, B. I., & Akkermans, J. (in press). Sustainable careers: Towards a conceptual model. Journal of Vocational Behavior.
  • Lysova, E. I., Jansen, P. G., Khapova, S. N., Plomp, J., & Tims, M. (2018). Examining calling as a double-edged sword for employability. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 104, 261-272.