Determinanten van loopbaanpatronen | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0169-2216
  • E-ISSN: 2468-9424


Determinants of career patterns

Determinants of career patterns

Career patterns are no random phenomena. They are influenced by numerous external factors. Using a typology of career patterns for the period 1992-2000, based on the data of the Belgian Household Panel Study, this article focuses on determinants that can explain the diversity of career patterns on the labour market. The focus in the analysis lies on individual characteristics and life course determinants. By means of a multinomial logistic regression the question is answered whether the career pattern depends on personal and life course characteristics. The group of employees who frequently change jobs or regime are compared with the group who knew a stable, fulltime career pattern. A similar analysis tests whether those who interrupt their career (by unpaid activity, unemployment or because of invalidity/illness) differ from those with a stable fulltime career pattern. The results show strong gender related career types but also explain differences between careers based on life course events. Having children in interaction with the partner status strongly determines the career pattern. The analysis clearly shows that the life course and the followed career pattern are inextricable connected.


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