ERIC Number: ED316777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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Tacit Knowledge of Career Experts in the Establishment Stage Related to Career Success in the Work Environment.
Dix, Janet E.
Vocational psychology researchers and practitioners are now attending to the issues of career success as an outcome of career adjustment. Previous research has focused on the stages of career development (Exploration, Establishment, Maintenance, and Decline). During the Establishment stage of career development, individuals usually establish a career, a way of life, a home, and a family. Mentoring has been linked with managerial and career success; mentoring is the sharing of tacit knowledge about how to master vocational development tasks of the career establishment stage. This study investigated the tacit knowledge of career experts (those who have successfully negotiated the systems in which they are currently working). Male career experts (N=50) were interviewed to elicit their tacit knowledge about the nature of work-related developmental tasks and skill knowledge about how to master these tasks. Fifteen personnel managers sorted and categorized the data. Regardless of occupation or level, most subjects reported on the importance of being able to work with others, of being results-oriented and managing tasks, of having a sense of self and of having the ability to motivate oneself to work. Most were managing their careers in terms of specific goals or at least were exploring options. Most of the workers had a keen conceptualization of their organization or field and had adapted to that system. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Cincinnati, OH, March 16-19, 1990).