Developmental proactivity and professional ability as older workers’ employability resources: A longitudinal study explaining career events

Conny Roobol, H Pruijt, Ferry Koster, F Leijten

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Abstract

This four-year longitudinal study examines how two facets of employability-professional ability and developmental proactivity-are linked to career events among workers ages 45 years and older. We construe employability as a personal resource that predicts a higher likelihood of experiencing positive career events and a lower likelihood of experiencing negative ones. Results reveal that developmental proactivity leads to a higher probability of internal promotion, while professional ability leads to a lower probability of salary loss, demotion, and unemployment. The findings indicate that these two facets of employability can offer critical insights for understanding the career events of older workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-88
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Business Science and Applied Management
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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