ERIC Number: ED099603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
New Careers for Mid-Life: May We Help You?
Numerous societal changes have encouraged the marked increase in second careers for people in general and for those over 35 in particular, raising implications for both career development and vocational decision-making. A developmental model needs to be realigned with new developmental strategies for the middle years. Research literature has suggested that most people undergo a midlife crisis--a reaction to the onset of aging and a reawakening to unresolved problems and/or career decisions. Recent research studies have shown higher achievement values and motivations for candidates for second careers than noncandidates and a high proportion of second-career candidates having a low degree of autonomy on their jobs. Moreover, vocational decision-making at midlife has been found more complex, "soul-rending", and fearsome than at other stages. The role of this Commission needs to be threefold: educational, collaborative, and creative. Recommended collaboration includes the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, the Adult Education Association, the National Institute of Education, and the military. Recommendations for creativity include: radio and television materials; career education-placement agencies in cooperation with labor and industry; research pertaining to counseling/assessment skills, models, and/or autobiographies of people changing careers; publications and regional meetings; training of personnel; focus on problems of women. (EA)
Descriptors: Adults, Agency Cooperation, Career Change, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Education, Career Planning, Counseling Effectiveness, Creativity, Decision Making, Developmental Psychology, Educational Planning, Employed Women, Interdisciplinary Approach, Job Placement, Literature Reviews, Middle Aged Adults, Motivation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Vocational Guidance Association, Washington, DC.