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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2015, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (12): 2177-2186.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.02177

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Career Construction Theory: Connotation, Framework and Applications

GUAN Pianpian; LI Min   

  1. (School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China)
  • Received:2015-06-10 Online:2015-12-15 Published:2015-12-15
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Under the background of knowledge economy with rapid changes and great uncertainty, the traditional career model dominated by organization or society in the past has suffered huge challenges, and self-concept towards individual career development is being more strengthened. Career construction theory proposes that the essence of personal career development is a dynamic constructing process for the individual to achieve adaptation between subjective self and objective world, and the detail or result of self-construction differs from one individual to another. The career construction model focus on adapting provides new topic and framework for individual’s career developmental research from postmodern perspective. Both individual differences and contextual factors are significant influences for personal construction in career. Deeper analysis on some specific career stages or occupational groups, continuous discussion about the contextual factors, as well as qualitative research and intervention study on career construction should be appreciated in the following studies.

Key words: career construction, career adaptability, career counseling, career development