ERIC Number: ED445235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Changing Career Patterns. ERIC Digest No. 219.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
The linear career path that once kept people working in the same job is not the standard career route for today's workers. Instead, many workers are now pursuing varied career paths that reflect sequential career changes. Although job mobility no longer carries the stigma once associated with job change, it can still be emotionally stressful. Job mobility is most prevalent among individuals who are first entering the labor market; however, a propensity for job mobility is not unusual in workers of any age or experience in a society where technological advances and global competitiveness are regularly creating new jobs and job roles. Often, self-efficacy and a positive attitude toward job potential are characteristics of adults who consider changing careers. Although many adults mentioned money as their prime motive for change, personal happiness was close behind. Experience can be a predictor of successful career transition. The ability to be flexible and readjust one's goals to accommodate personal values and interests is also important. It has been suggested that career counselors consider the roles of emotion in career development. Although changing careers may seem overwhelming to many, numerous examples confirm that career changes are possible and probable. (Contains 13 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Career Change, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Education, Case Studies, Counseling Techniques, Employment Patterns, Individual Characteristics, Individual Development, Occupational Mobility, Personality Traits, Trend Analysis, Work Attitudes
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.