Career profiles: Career entrenchment or adaptation to change?

Lucília Cardoso Oliveira, Miguel Pereira Lopes, Sónia Gonçalves


The rapid development of societies and the transformation of labour markets and organizations
requires more dynamic careers nowadays. Thus, based on the career profiles described by Carson,
Carson, Phillips and Roe (1996) and the association of career entrenchment and career satisfaction,
we identified in this study, which career profiles currently exist. The cross-reference of data, with
organizational commitment, career commitment and turnover intention, allowed to characterize each
profile and the factors that weigh on the decision to stay or change career, keeping or not a positive
attitude. We perform a cluster analysis using the K-means method, in a sample of 386 subjects. The
results came across a new career profile, called transactional career, which might reflect that careers
are currently more active and less stable. In the end, the results and the theoretical and practical
implications are being discussed.


Career entrenchment, Career satisfaction, Organizational commitment, Career commitment, Turnover intention.

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