A study to examine the effect a potential career shock, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, has on the perceived employability of the employee while being moderated by their career resilience.

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This study aimed to investigate the association of perceiving a career shock due to COVID-19 with perceived employability amongst individuals with an exploration of the moderating effect of career resilience. Based on the Conservation of Resources theory of Hobfoll (2001), it is expected that the COVID-19 pandemic will lower the level of resources an individual possesses, which in turn will affect the perceived employability negatively. This association is expected to be buffered by the level of career resilience of the individual. To test hypotheses, the researcher collected primary data through online questionnaires with a sample of 168 participants, consisting of individuals between 19-71 years. Contrary to the expectations, the results indicate that there is no (negative) significant result on the association of a career shock caused by COVID-19 and the perceived employability. In addition, the researcher expected that career resilience would have a buffering effect on the association of a career shock with intrinsic motivation, yet no significant results were revealed. However, a non-hypothesized significant association was found between career shocks caused by COVID-19 and career resilience. This finding indicates that career resilience can be of relevance in safeguarding during future career shocks.
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