ERIC Number: ED320097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-16
Developmental Tasks of the Maintenance Stage of Career Development and Implications for Counselors.
Williams, Caitlin Patricia
This study empirically examined the tasks of the maintenance stage of career development as posited by Super (1957), which include holding one's own, keeping up with new developments, and breaking new ground. Participants included upper and mid-level managers in a health care organization. The participants were between the ages of 35 and 64 and had identified themselves as being in the maintenance stage as described in a checklist completed at the beginning of the study. An open-ended question format was used which asked participants to list major career concerns which they had at the present time and the way in which they were dealing with those concerns. Principal component analysis of the data resulted in six latent components. They were: (1) keeping up with new developments; (2) questioning further direction and goals; (3) struggling to hold on; (4) pursuing further education; (5) preparing for retirement; and (6) demonstrating managerial competence and shifting focus. These six components were inferred to represent the developmental tasks of maintenance. As such, they support Super's conceptual model of maintenance. Given the high percentage of people in the maintenance stage of career development, it seems critical that more attention be given to understanding the career development issues of persons at this juncture. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Cincinnati, OH, March 16-19, 1990).