Age and education affect career mobility

Education and age correlate with career mobility, and not necessarily because candidates are more open to experience.

Age and education affect career mobility
career mobility

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  • Factors analysed were: unemployment rate, openness to experience, age, and education level.
  • Age had the strongest effect on career mobility.
  • Openess to experience had little effect on career mobility
  • Higher education and lower unemployment level were related to switching jobs in the same field.

“For organisations, our results highlight the relevance of investing resources in career management programmes for employee retention. Investments in employees’ career opportunities might especially pay off in times of a favourable external labour market, when staff have many external options. - Dr Dana Unger, a lecturer in organisational behaviour in UEA’s Norwich Business School.