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|Title:||Migration and career success: testing a time-sequenced model|
|Author(s):||Nithya Tharmaseelan, (North Shore International Academy, Auckland, New Zealand), Kerr Inkson, (University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand), Stuart C. Carr, (Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)|
|Citation:||Nithya Tharmaseelan, Kerr Inkson, Stuart C. Carr, (2010) "Migration and career success: testing a time-sequenced model", Career Development International, Vol. 15 Iss: 3, pp.218 - 238|
|Keywords:||Acculturation, Career development, Career satisfaction, Careers, Human capital, Migrant workers|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/13620431011053712 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The paper seeks to determine whether different aspects of migrant pre-migration characteristics (human capital and motivation to migrate) and post-migration behaviour (social integration and career self-management) predict migrants' post-migration career success.
Design/methodology/approach – The research employed a survey questionnaire applied to a sample of 210 migrants who had migrated from Sri Lanka to New Zealand. Twenty-three independent and three dependent (career success – objective and subjective) variables were measured. Sequential multiple regression analysis was applied, mirroring the time-sequenced theory of career development.
Findings – Overall, migrants' occupational status had declined markedly following migration. Variables representing human capital, social integration and career self-management perspectives all contributed substantially to explaining variances in career success, especially objective career success, but motivation to migrate did not. Human capital variables were especially influential in determining pre-migration success, acculturation in the host country and education in the host country in post-migration success. Effects of career self-management behaviours on success were relatively small.
Research limitations/implications – A limitation is the cross-sectional design, and possible non-generalisability beyond a single migrant group and host country.
Practical implications – The paper discusses implications for migrants, policy makers and future research.
Originality/value – Migration, and interest in research on migrants' careers, is growing. This paper applies a wide range of predictor variables and a logical causal model to predicting migrant career success, indicates significant effects, and points to positive actions that may be taken by government, organisations and migrants.
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