Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on career development: Insights from cultural psychology

Yanjun Guan, Hong Deng, Xinyi Zhou

Research output: Journal PublicationEditorial

99 Citations (Scopus)


The COVID-19 pandemic has become a significant global crisis that requires individuals, organizations and nations to take necessary steps to cope. To develop a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on individuals' career development and possible coping strategies, we adopt a cultural psychological perspective to analyze: (1) how internalized cultural orientations (e.g., values, thinking styles, regulatory focus) may shape individual responses and coping strategies to COVID-19 pandemic; (2) how national culture influences the collective actions and norms during COVID-19 pandemic; (3) how to integrate insights from cultural psychology to enrich research on career management strategies in response to a fast changing environment. While this paper primarily focuses on the role of national culture (i.e., the shared meanings and practices in a nation), these discussions can largely be applied to other cultural settings. Practical implications are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103438
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


Dive into the research topics of 'Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on career development: Insights from cultural psychology'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this