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Journal of Vocational Behavior Essay Series on Covid-19 and Career Implications

  • 1.  Journal of Vocational Behavior Essay Series on Covid-19 and Career Implications

    Posted 05-20-2020 03:31
    As part of its June 2020 volume, the Journal of Vocational Behavior will publish a series of essays about potential implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for careers and vocational behavior, as well as suggestions for how to research these implications. The essays are now all available online ahead of print. 

    In the introduction article, editor-in-chief Nadya Fouad reflects on the nine essays and offers her thoughts on the topic. Link: Editor in Chief's Introduction to Essays on the Impact of COVID-19 on Work and Workers.

    Akkermans et al. explore how the pandemic may be a career shock for many, but also how that may not necessarily be a negative experience. Link: The Covid-19 crisis as a career shock: Implications for careers and vocational behavior. This article is published open access.

    Blustein et al. focus on global unemployment, also acknowledging the privileged status they have as professors studying these phenomena. Link: Unemployment in the time of COVID-19: A research agenda.

    Cho examines the effect of the pandemic on micro-boundaries (across domains) as well as across national (macro) boundaries. Link: Examining boundaries to understand the impact of COVID-19 on vocational behaviors.

    Guan et al. drawing from cultural psychology, discuss how cultural orientations shape an individual's response to COVID-19, but also how a national cultural perspective influences collective actions. Link: Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on career development: Insights from cultural psychology.

    Kantamneni emphasizes the effects on marginalized populations in the United States,  as well as the very real effects of racism for Asians and Asian-Americans in the US. Link: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on marginalized populations in the United States: A research agenda.

    Kramer and Kramer discuss the impact of the pandemic in the perceptions of various occupations, whether perceptions of "good" and "bad" jobs will change and whether working remotely will permanently change where people will want to work. Link: The potential impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on occupational status, work from home, and occupational mobility.

    Restubog et al. focus on individual's responses to the global crisis, concentrating on emotional regulation as a challenge, with suggestions for better managing the stress surrounding the anxiety of uncertainty. Link: Taking control amidst the chaos: Emotion regulation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Rudolph and Zacher caution against using a generational lens in research, advocating for a lifespan developmental approach. Link: COVID-19 and careers: On the futility of generational explanations.

    Spurk and Straub review issues related to unemployment, but focus on the impact of COVID-19 specifically on "gig" or flexible work arrangements. Link: Flexible employment relationships and careers in times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We hope you enjoy reading these articles and that you will get some inspiration for researching the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on people's work and careers.

    Best wishes, on behalf of Nadya Fouad and the associate editor team,

    Jos Akkermans
    Associate Professor
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam