How Do We Think the Covid-19 Crisis Will Affect Our Careers (If Any Remain)?

31 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2020

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Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Louis Lippens

Ghent University

Eline Moens

Ghent University

Philippe Sterkens

Ghent University

Johannes Weytjens

Ghent University

Abstract

This study is the first in the world to investigate the expected impact of the COVID-19 crisis on career outcomes and career aspirations. To this end, high-quality survey research with a relevant panel of Belgian employees was conducted. About 21% of them fear losing their jobs due to the crisis—14% are concerned that they will even lose their jobs in the near future. In addition, 26% expect to miss out on promotions that they would have received had the COVID-19 crisis not occurred. This fear of a negative impact is higher in vulnerable groups, such migrants. In addition, we observe that many panel members believe they will look at the labour market differently and will have different work-related priorities in the future. In this respect, more than half of the panel members indicate that they have attached more importance to working conditions and work-life balance since the COVID-19 crisis.

Keywords: COVID-19, careers, employment, career aspirations

JEL Classification: J63, J62, J30, J41, J15, J16

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn and Lippens, Louis and Moens, Eline and Sterkens, Philippe and Weytjens, Johannes, How Do We Think the Covid-19 Crisis Will Affect Our Careers (If Any Remain)?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13164, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3584927

Stijn Baert (Contact Author)

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Louis Lippens

Ghent University

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

Eline Moens

Ghent University

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

Philippe Sterkens

Ghent University

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

Johannes Weytjens

Ghent University

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

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