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Protean Career Orientation, Career Decision Self-efficacy And Career Outcomes Of Millennial IT Professionals

Poonam Kaushal, Sakshi Vashisht

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The present study explored a relationship between protean career orientation (PCO) and career outcomes (i.e., subjective and objective career success) on millennial IT professionals. A model proposing that the effect of PCO on career outcomes is mediated by career decision self-efficacy was assessed. Data were collected from 1,000 respondents, out of which 685 questionnaires were considered for analysis purpose. Of all the respondents, 470 (68.6%) respondents were male and 215 (31.4%) were female. All the respondents were within the age group of 25–40 years (completed age as of 2019). From the total respondents, 40.4% (277) were BTech, 25.8% (177) were MCA, 17.7% (121) were MBAs and 16.1% (110) respondents were from other educational background. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was conducted using AMOS for verification of the questionnaire. Hayes process model, type-4 in SPSS 21, was used for testing the mediation. The findings of the study revealed that protean individuals experienced higher levels of subjective and objective career success (on salary). Mediation effect was supported for subjective career success.