The role of career shocks in career development

: 2 credits
Expiry Date
: None
CPD Units
: 2.00 Points
: 2.6/4

While contemporary research and practice on career development have emphasized individual control and ownership of careers, a crucial but thus far mostly underrepresented question is what role unexpected events – career shocks – have in careers.

Keywords: Career shock; Career development; Career management

Reading material:

Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this article is to define and conceptualize the topic of career shocks and integrate it into the contemporary debate on career development.

Editor's comments:
While there is broad consensus that individual ownership is crucial in achieving sustainable career success, this perspective overlooks the important role of unexpected events that can have a major impact on career development. Such career shocks have been shown to occur to most people during their careers and, as such, are crucial to better understand as part of contemporary career management.

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. The state-of-the-art concerning the role of career shocks in career research until now
  2. The definition of a career shock, and the dimensions on which it can be analysed
  3. The gaps in our understanding of career shocks that still need to be further explored.

Instruction for this Module

  • Read the supplied reading material and complete the quiz at the end
  • You need to pass the quiz and complete the course rating to generate the module certificate at the end
  • You have three attempts to pass the quiz
  • The pass grade is 70%
  • Please click on the CPD certificate link to claim your certificate and to update your CPD Manager

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