Meaning and determinants of career success

A Malaysian perspective

June M L Poon, Jon P. Briscoe, Rohayu Abdul Ghani, Eric A. Jones

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Abstract

This exploratory, qualitative study sought to unearth and explore meanings of career success and perceived influences on career success among working adults in Malaysia. Eighteen people in nursing, blue-collar, and business occupations were interviewed. Three objective and five subjective meanings of career success and six perceived internal factors (primarily individual traits) and three external factors emerged from the data. The research suggests that people in the early stage of their career are more instrumentally driven in defining career success, whereas people in the late stage of their career target a greater variety of career features and outcomes. Also, the research suggests Malaysian working adults should not be stereotyped as being satisfied with collective outcomes as many also target individual achievements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-29
Number of pages9
JournalRevista de Psicologia del Trabajo y de las Organizaciones
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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Keywords

  • Blue-collar workers
  • Business professionals
  • Career success
  • Malaysia
  • Nurses
  • Qualitative study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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Meaning and determinants of career success : A Malaysian perspective. / Poon, June M L; Briscoe, Jon P.; Abdul Ghani, Rohayu; Jones, Eric A.

In: Revista de Psicologia del Trabajo y de las Organizaciones, Vol. 31, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 21-29.

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