Managing One’s Career: The Joint Effects of Job Autonomy, Supervisor Support, and Calling

Jie Li, Xue Han, Jipeng Qi*, Xiao He

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In the contemporary work environment, which is characterized by change and uncertainty, employees must proactively manage their careers to develop and maintain their competitiveness. Drawing on self-determination theory, this study developed an interactive model that uses job autonomy, supervisor support, and calling to predict career self-management. With a sample of 245 full-time employees in China, the time-lagged survey showed that job autonomy has a direct effect on career self-management, which is moderated by supervisor support and employees’ calling. Furthermore, the three-way interaction indicated that the moderating effect of supervisor support on the relationship between job autonomy and career self-management is stronger when calling is low. Finally, the implications, limitations, and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)973-986
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Career Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • calling
  • career self-management
  • job autonomy
  • supervisor support

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