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Vol. 31. Num. 1. 2015. Pages 21-29

Meaning and determinants of career success: A Malaysian perspective

[El significado del éxito en la carrera profesional y sus determinantes: laperspectiva malaya]

June M. L. Poon1 , Jon P. Briscoe2 , Rohayu Abdul-Ghani3 , Eric A. Jones2 1Univ. Kebangsaan, UKM-Graduate School of Business, Malasia ,2Northern Illinois Univ., Estados Unidos ,3Univ. Kebangsaan, Malasia

Abstract

This exploratory, qualitative study sought to unearth and explore meanings of career success and perceivedinfluences on career success among working adults in Malaysia. Eighteen people in nursing, blue-collar,and business occupations were interviewed. Three objective and five subjective meanings of career successand six perceived internal factors (primarily individual traits) and three external factors emerged from thedata. The research suggests that people in the early stage of their career are more instrumentally driven indefining career success, whereas people in the late stage of their career target a greater variety of careerfeatures and outcomes. Also, the research suggests Malaysian working adults should not be stereotyped asbeing satisfied with collective outcomes as many also target individual achievements. 

Resumen

Este estudio exploratorio cualitativo busca descubrir y explorar los significados del éxito en la carreraprofesional y las influencias que aprecian en el mismo los trabajadores adultos malayos. Se entrevistó a18 personas de las profesiones de enfermería, obreros y del mundo empresarial. De los datos surgierontres significados objetivos y cinco subjetivos acerca del éxito en la carrera profesional y se apreciaronseis factores internos (sobre todo rasgos individuales) y tres externos. La investigación indica que cuandose encuentran en las primeras fases de su carrera profesional, a las personas las mueve un mayor afáninstrumental al definir el éxito profesional, mientras que en fases más avanzadas de su carrera profesionalse centran en una mayor variedad de características y resultados de la misma. Igualmente la investigaciónapunta que los trabajadores adultos no deberían estereotiparse en el sentido de contentarse con losresultados colectivos, dado que muchos se centran también en logros individuales. 

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