The construct of career success: Measurement issues and an empirical example.

Abele AE, Spurk D, Volmer J (2011)

Publication Language: English

Publication Status: Accepted

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2011


Original Authors: Abele-Brehm Andrea E., Spurk Daniel, Volmer Judith

Publisher: Springer

Book Volume: 43

Pages Range: 195-206

Journal Issue: 3

DOI: 10.1007/s12651-010-0034-6


The aim of the present paper is twofold. We first
give an overview of the multi-faceted construct of career
success with its “objective” (real attainments) and “sub-
jective” (perceived attainments) components and with the
different methodologies measuring them (“subjectivist” vs.
“objectivist” approaches). We also discuss the relationship
between the different components of career success as
revealed in the literature. Our second aim is to show that
the interrelationship between the different facets of career
success varies with the emplo
yment context. We analyze
subjective and objective career success measures collected
from professionals working either in the private sector, in
the public sector, or that are self-employed. Our findings
show that objective success and subjective success are more
closely related in the private
and self-employment sectors
than in the public sector. Moreover, the interrelationship
between objective and subjective success varies with the
specific subjective success measure chosen. It is stronger
for an “other-referent” subj
ective success measure than for
a “self-referent” subjective s
uccess measure. Conclusions
regarding the measurement of career success as well as
regarding the relevance of subjective success for studying occupational careers are drawn

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Abele, A.E., Spurk, D., & Volmer, J. (2011). The construct of career success: Measurement issues and an empirical example. Journal for labour market research, 43(3), 195-206.


Abele, Andrea E., Daniel Spurk, and Judith Volmer. "The construct of career success: Measurement issues and an empirical example." Journal for labour market research 43.3 (2011): 195-206.

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