ERIC Number: ED477249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
How Do Careers Really Work?
This paper sets out career-related stories of people and their struggle to make sense of a life through work. They show that career management is not primarily a matching process but, for most, the making of a life the best way one can. The nine stories from five continents have these focuses: a feeling for a career; a career is other people or peer attachment; career and culture which frames belief about how things work and what is important; career over time; cultural capital or the processes of working out how things work begins in the toddler years; points of view on a career move; the inner life of a career; career as purpose knowing what to do to survive, escape, thrive, and flourish; and career learning as learning for action. The paper then argues the power of complexity, including that matching is not the first thing to do; deeper understanding is needed of what is going in the lives of people; and more ways are needed to get to grips with what is happening and what might be done to help. The paper concludes with this implication: among the many things needed to be done is local research for action, so one knows what to do, alongside people, in their communities. There are 28 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Action Research, Adult Education, Career Change, Career Development, Career Education, Career Guidance, Cultural Influences, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Family Influence, Foreign Countries, Occupational Aspiration, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Social Action
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Counselors
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Chile; India; Nigeria; United Kingdom (Great Britain)