The Effect of Employability on inter-Organizational Mobility by Women Technologist: Mediation by Psychological Well-Being

Osman KADIR¹, Mohd Zaidi OMAR², Mohamad Sattar RASUL³ and Azami ZAHARIM³

Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia1,2,3,4,5,6,8

School of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia7

Page 22 – 29   |   Vol. 5 No. 2 2020   |   Available online on 1 December 2020


Today’s phenomenon shown that female graduates began to dominate the technical division in local industries in the country. However, inter-organizational mobility often occurs among the technical women that lead to the loss of valuable human resources to the organization and thereby create a product safety confidentiality issue. In this regard, this study was conducted to identify factors affecting the mobility of industry among graduates of female engineering
technology. Based on the previous study, the proportion of female graduates aged 23 to 30 who made interorganizational mobility was higher than men. Therefore, based on the boundaryless career theory, this study was conducted to examine the relationship between employability, psychological well-being and inter-organizational mobility among 114 women’s engineering technology graduates who are working in the industry in Malaysia. A model has been developed and tested using SEM techniques using SmartPLS software. The findings show that there is a
negative relationship between employability and inter-organizational mobility, as well as psychological well-being toward inter-organizational mobility. Employer and higher learning institutions should cooperate with each other in term of policies and regulations development as well as engineering technology curriculum. Besides that, employers should provide adequate training to women’s engineering technology graduates who are new to their workplace so that they can increase employability skill in their new workplace.


Employability, Psychological well-being, Interorganizational mobility, Engineering technology.

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