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Drivers of Career Success among the Visually Impaired: Improving career inclusivity and sustainability in a career ecosystem

Drivers of Career Success among the Visually Impaired: Improving career inclusivity and sustainability in a career ecosystem
Drivers of Career Success among the Visually Impaired: Improving career inclusivity and sustainability in a career ecosystem
Visual impairment, as a form of disability, remains understudied in the context of employment and careers. Drawing on career ecosystem and career sustainability theories, we explore factors that lead to career success and sustainability of visually-impaired individuals. We collected qualitative data from 66 visually-impaired individuals from India who had experienced varying degrees of career attainment. We applied grounded theory to study their deep-seated attitudes and ingrained behaviors that help build successful and sustainable careers. High-career-attainment participants were extremely resilient, able to bounce back after rejection, and willing to adopt key psycho-social processes such as non-acceptance of rejection, relatability (forging positive relations with the sighted), family support, enabling self through technology, and influence mindset change which led them to be ‘masters of circumstance.’ Low-career-attainment participants were characterized by unquestioning acceptance of fate, skepticism, and obligation to support the family, making them ‘victims of circumstance’. We contribute to the career ecosystems and career sustainability literature by expanding it to wider populations and crystalizing processes that influence careers, and offer policy implications. Individuals should challenge conventional norms, be persistent and improve self-efficacy. Organization should think out of the box in order to win the war for talent by employing hidden talent.
career ecosystem, career success, career sustainability, disability, visual impairment
0018-7267
Bhaskar, A Uday
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Baruch, Yehuda
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Gupta, Seeta
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Bhaskar, A Uday
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Baruch, Yehuda
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Gupta, Seeta
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Bhaskar, A Uday, Baruch, Yehuda and Gupta, Seeta (2022) Drivers of Career Success among the Visually Impaired: Improving career inclusivity and sustainability in a career ecosystem. Human Relations. (doi:10.1177/00187267221103529). (In Press)

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Visual impairment, as a form of disability, remains understudied in the context of employment and careers. Drawing on career ecosystem and career sustainability theories, we explore factors that lead to career success and sustainability of visually-impaired individuals. We collected qualitative data from 66 visually-impaired individuals from India who had experienced varying degrees of career attainment. We applied grounded theory to study their deep-seated attitudes and ingrained behaviors that help build successful and sustainable careers. High-career-attainment participants were extremely resilient, able to bounce back after rejection, and willing to adopt key psycho-social processes such as non-acceptance of rejection, relatability (forging positive relations with the sighted), family support, enabling self through technology, and influence mindset change which led them to be ‘masters of circumstance.’ Low-career-attainment participants were characterized by unquestioning acceptance of fate, skepticism, and obligation to support the family, making them ‘victims of circumstance’. We contribute to the career ecosystems and career sustainability literature by expanding it to wider populations and crystalizing processes that influence careers, and offer policy implications. Individuals should challenge conventional norms, be persistent and improve self-efficacy. Organization should think out of the box in order to win the war for talent by employing hidden talent.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 April 2022
Keywords: career ecosystem, career success, career sustainability, disability, visual impairment

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Local EPrints ID: 457326
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/457326
ISSN: 0018-7267
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ORCID for Yehuda Baruch: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0678-6273

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Date deposited: 01 Jun 2022 16:39
Last modified: 20 Jul 2022 01:47

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Author: A Uday Bhaskar
Author: Yehuda Baruch ORCID iD
Author: Seeta Gupta

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