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Telfer Research Seminar Series - Shani Pindek Happier

Why are people overqualified?

Date & Time

February 16, 2024


DMS 7170


Kathy Cunningham

***M.Sc. Students, this event can count towards one of the six mandatory Research Seminars Series needed to attend (MGT 6191/ MGT 6991 / MHS 6991).***

Shani Pindek, PhD

Overqualification is an employment situation whereby the employee has qualifications (such as education, experience, and knowledge/skills/abilities) that exceed the requirements of the job, and that are not utilized on the job. Most studies on overqualification have focused on its outcomes, finding generally adverse consequences. However, far less is known about factors that contribute to overqualification. I will begin the talk by discussing the difference between objective and perceived overqualification, and present research examining the association between the two concepts. Next, I will present research examining why individuals choose to accept jobs for which they are objectively overqualified, and what variables can affect perceptions of overqualifications. I will present qualitative and quantitative findings from samples across several countries with a special emphasis on populations that are particularly vulnerable to overqualification (Israeli Arabs, immigrants in Canada and the U.S). Finally, I will discuss job crafting as a means of ameliorating some of the adverse effects of overqualification and link it to the reasons that people accept jobs for which they are overqualified.

About the Speaker

Shani is an occupational health researcher from the Department of Human Services at the University of Haifa, currently a visiting scholar at the Schulich Shani Pindek School of Business, York University. Her research focus is occupational health and well-being, broadly defined.  Specific topics include examining workplace phenomena such as occupational calling or overqualification and their effects on employee health and well-being in healthcare employees as well as other occupational groups.

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