Effective Planning for an Expatriate Career: What Roles Do Career Adaptability and Cultural Intelligence Play?

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Grounded in the theories of career construction; planned behavior; and intelligence; this study examined the antecedents or mechanisms of effective planning for an overseas career among university students. Two studies were conducted (for Study 1; N = 243 students in the Philippines; for Study 2; N = 274 students in Australia). Results indicated that career adaptability (and its dimensions) was significantly related to expatriate career planning effectiveness and that expatriate career intention and cultural intelligence (and its dimensions) played important roles in the relationship. Findings contribute to the knowledge base regarding expatriation and offer practical insights relevant for career counselors; particularly in the assessment and effective preparation of students aiming to embark and establish overseas careers.