EAWOP Conference 2019 @ Turin, Italy
The bi-annual conference of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) was held in Turin, Italy this year. Almost 2.000 people attended the conference, showing that it continues to grow. At any time, there were 20 parallel sessions. A great sign in terms of growth of the topics and the field, but also a difficult schedule in terms of making choices to attend sessions!
Keynote at International Talent Event Amsterdam
On Wednesday May 15th 2019 I had the honor of providing the opening keynote of the 2019 International Talent Event Amsterdam, which was hosted at the Student Hotel in Amsterdam. We talked about the importance of finding a good fit between your skills and ambitions on the one hand, and the job and organization you search for on the other hand. It is not just about finding "a job" but about a job that provides learning opportunities and meaningful activities.
Interview "Disrupt Your Career"
As part of their work on career disruptions, I was interviewed by Claire Harbour-Lyell and Antoine Tirard about how I decided to start studying careers and doing academic research and teaching.
New paper: Should employers invest in employability?
Should employers invest in the employability of their workers? It's a discussion I often have with managers and professionals. What typically happens, is that we talk about to so-called employability management paradox: yes, there is a need to invest but... won't they then leave the company for a competitor once they are more employable? In this study that I published with Maria Tims, Susanne Beijer, and Nele De Cuyper, we provide empirical evidence that this paradox might not exist.
Keynote at the Briding Success Event
On Tuesday March 12th I had the pleasure of providing a keynote in Het Concert Gebouw in Amsterdam during the Bridging Success event.
New paper: Buffering the psychological contract breach
We just published a new paper about psychological contract breach in the open access journal Frontiers in Psychology. In this study, we examined whether a high level of commitment in one's unit/team might act as a buffer when psychological contract breach occurs. We found support for our expectations: psychological contract breach can diminish work engagement and subsequently increase intentions to leave the organization. However, when the unit/team members are all highly committed to the organization (that is: when commitment climate level and strength are both high) this effect became less strong. In other words: a highly committed team can buffer the psychological contract breach.
New Paper: Building a Sustainable Start
Our paper entitled "Building a sustainable start: The role of career competencies, career success, and career shocks in young professionals' employability" has just been published online in the Journal of Vocational Behavior. This is the first paper of Rowena Blokker's PhD thesis, which makes it an extra special publication for our team!
Top Cited Paper in Applied Psychology Journal
We received the great news that our paper "Crafting your Career: How Career Competencies Relate to Career Success via Job Crafting" is among the top cited papers in Applied Psychology: An International Review between January 2017 and December 2018. Prior to this, the paper was also among the most downloaded paper in the same timespan, indicating that many people are reading and citing our work.
Keynote Talk at Young FrieslandCampina
On Friday January 25th 2019 I gave a keynote for a group of young professionals from FrieslandCampina. The title of the talk was "Why you should NOT strive to be successful in your career".
Hosting the VU Education Day 2019
On Monday February 11th 2019, I co-hosted the annual Education Day of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
NPO Radio 1 Interview about Video Selection
On Thursday January 10th 2019 I was invited to join a discussion about videos in selection during the radio program "This was the Day" [Dit was de Dag] on NPO Radio 1.
Keynote about Sustainable Employability @ ZuivelNL
Sustainable employability: another hype or a crucial theme? This is what we discussed during the sustainable employability day of ZuivelNL, which consists of representatives from various Dutch companies in the dairy industry.
Keynote at Employability21 Conference
During the second Employability21 conference on September 13th and 14th 2018 in Leuven, Belgium, I provided a keynote talk about sustainable career management.
A Look Back at AOM 2018
The Academy of Management 2018 conference ended two weeks ago and it was again one of the highlights of the year. Five super intense days that left me pretty exhausted by Tuesday evening but also provided so many new ideas, productive meetings, and highly meaningful interactions and sessions. Below, I will reflect on my most important experiences during the conference.
Best Paper Award for "#Trending Topics in Careers" Paper
I am very honored and proud to have been awarded an Emerald Literati Outstanding Paper Award for the Career Development International Best Paper 2017. Our review of recent career research, entitled "#Trending Topics in Careers: A Review and Future Research Agenda", was chosen as the most influential and impactful paper in CDI in 2017. The paper has already been downloaded over 1.100 times since it was published in October 2017!
EAWOP Small Group Meeting: New Frontiers in Employability Research
On Thursday June 28th and Friday June 29th, I participated in a small group meeting on employability, organized at Technical University Eindhoven, Netherlands, and hosted by Pascale Le Blanc and Beatrice van der Heijden.
Elected for the Leadership Track of the Academy of Management Careers Division
I have been elected in the leadership track of the Academy of Management Careers Division, meaning that for the next 5 years I will serve in various leadership roles for the division, including PDW chair, program chair, and division chair.
Research Grant for Psychology of Flexible Work
A team of VU researchers, led by Sanne Nijs and myself and in cooperation with Paul Jansen, Svetlana Khapova and Bert Breij, have received a research grant from Instituut Gak to have a 4-year full-time PhD project on the psychology of flexible work.
Career crafting paper among top downloaded papers in Applied Psychology 2016-2017
The paper "Crafting your Career: How Career Competencies Relate to Career Success via Job Crafting", that I published last year with Maria Tims, was among the top downloaded paper in Applied Psychology: An International Review.
New Paper: Tales of the Unexpected - Integrating Career Shocks in the Contemporary Careers Literature
Our conceptual paper about the role of career shocks in contemporary career development is out now, published open access in the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology.
Call for Papers: Special Issue on Career Shocks in Career Development International
Call for papers: Special issue in Career Development International about career shocks
New PhD Candidates Incoming @ SBE
A team of career scholars from the VU School of Business and Economics - Prof. Dr. Svetlana Khapova, Niki Konijn, Dr. Jos Akkermans, Dr. Evgenia Lysova will start supervising two new PhD candidates at VU Amsterdam about international careers and expatriation.
BNR Newsradio on Challenges during Early Careers
On Tuesday November 14th 2017 I was part of the radio programme "Werkzoekers" (work seekers) of BNR Business Radio. The discussion focused on common pitfalls that young individual may face during their early careers. The broadcast can be listed to (in Dutch) HERE.
Media Attention for Career LEAP Program
On Thursday November 9th 2017, we had the official launch of the second part of the Career LEAP program. I am working on this project together with Carmel O'Sullivan (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) and Jennifer Symonds (University College Dublin, Ireland), and the main aim is to help prepare young unemployed (NEET) individuals for a future job and career.
BNR Newsradio on Proactive Work Behavior
On Tuesday January 30th 2018 I was part of the radio show "Werkverkenners" (work explorers) of BNR Newsradio, where we talked about proactive work behavior.
Research Visit @ King's College London
Last week, I was at King's College London for a 1-week research visit at their KCL Business School.
Academy of Management 2018: Here I Come!
Academy of Management just officially sent the decisions about submitted papers and symposiums. It gave us a lot of good news: 3 accepted symposiums and 2 accepted PDW sessions. Of the symposiums, two have been accepted as showcase symposium, which makes us even more proud and happy. Chicago: here we come!
Joining the JVB Editorial Board
Starting 2018, I have officially joined the editorial board of Journal of Vocational Behavior.
PhD Defense Inge de Clippeleer
On Wednesday October 25th 2017, Inge de Clippeleer defende her PhD thesis entitled: "Being in the driver's seat of your job: Investigating determinants, mechanisms and outcomes of job crafting and team crafting", at Ghent University, Belgium. I was part of her supervisory committee and also of the jury. Inge first presented the highlights of her PhD thesis in very engaging fashion and in understandable terms for the audience. Then, she did a fantastic job answering the questions from the jury members. A well deserved success and now officially "Dr. Inge"!
Lecture "Universiteit van Nederland" about Finding Your First Job
My lecture at the Universiteit van Nederland is now online! During this lecture, I talked about strategies of finding your first job, discussing questions such as: "How can I find my first job?" and "How can I make sure I remain engaged after obtaining the first job?". Some of the topics I discussed included employability and career competencies.
New Paper Published: #Trending Topics in Careers - A Review and Future Research Agenda
We just published our review paper "#Trending topics in careers: A review and future research agenda" in Career Development International. In this study, we reviewed all 693 published papers in Career Development International, Career Development Quarterly, Journal of Career Assessment, and Journal of Career Development between 2012-2016. In doing so, we formulated the topics that were most popular in these journals, which we called "trending topics". For each of the 16 trending topics that we found, we provide a brief description, some statistics on their publication frequence and potential differences between the journals, and some suggestions for future research on each of these topics.
PhD Defense Maxim Kovalenko
On Friday September 29th 2017, Maxim Kovalenko defended his PhD thesis at the University of Antwerp. Maxim has written a very interesting thesis in which he aims to build bridges between Sociology and careers research, thereby examining both micro and macro factors of career development. Among other things, Maxim discovered several patterns of career development over a long period of time, thereby showing that the transitional career pattern, which is characterized by flexibility and job transitions - already existed well before careers researchers started writing about this in the 1990s. Maxim was also critical of the neo-liberal perspective of individual agency and responsibility, noting that there might a possible "Matthew effect" in which the highly skilled profit from agency and become successful, whereas disadvantaged people may become even more disadvantaged because the added pressure of having to manage their own careers might be too much of a burden.
New Article in PLOS ONE: CSE and Work Engagement: Testing a Perception, Action, and Development Path
New article published in PLOS ONE about CSE, job crafting, career competencies, and work engagement.
Academy of Management 2017 Best Reviewer Award
I was awarded an Outstanding Reviewer award during the Academy of Management conference 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Academy of Management 2017 Update Part I
This is a brief summary of my first two days at AOM 2017, including two great mentoring activities for the Careers Division.
Keynote @ CityWork Amsterdam Meeting 29 May 2017
Keynote @ CityWork Amsterdam Meeting 29 May 2017 about Sustainable Career Management of Young Workers
Keynote @ VU Amsterdam Appreciation of University Teachers
Keynote @ VU Amsterdam Appreciation of University Teachers
Joined Inge de Clippeleer's PhD Supervisory Committee
Joined the supervisory committee of Inge de Clippeleer's PhD project.
External Examiner of Fiona Dowling’s PhD Thesis
External examiner for PhD project of Fiona Dowling.
New Publication about Career Competencies, Job Crafting and Employability
New publication in Applied Psychology: An International Review on career competencies, job crafting, employability, and work-home interaction.
New Publication about Future Time Perspective, Job Crafting, Work Engagement and Performance
New publication in European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology on future time perspective, job crafting, work engagement, and job performance.