Thriving in the New Millennium: Career Management in the Changing World of Work


  • Roberta A. Neault Life Strategies Ltd


millennium, world of work, career management, change


Emerging theories in career development (e.g., planned happenstance), present specific individual characteristics as foundational to effective career management: continuous learning, financial management, flexibility, work-life balance, networking, optimism, persistence, planfulness, and risk-taking. In the present study, managers (N = 181) employed by a large Canadian organization were surveyed to identify whether these career management characteristics predicted either career success or job satisfaction. Optimism and flexibility were found to be the best predictors of career success, accounting for 12% of the total variance. Optimism, continuous learning, and planfulness were the best predictors of job satisfaction, accounting for 19% of the total variance.


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How to Cite

Neault, R. A. . (2002). Thriving in the New Millennium: Career Management in the Changing World of Work. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 1(1), 10–21. Retrieved from