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ERIC Number: EJ1132777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1609
The Challenges of Entering "Mid-Career": Charting a Balanced Future
McAlpine, Lynn; Amundsen, Cheryl
Higher Education Review, v48 n2 p5-30 2016
What are the motivations, needs and interests of academics entering mid-career? To answer this question, we drew on data from our longitudinal research program to examine the career trajectories of thirteen social scientists and scientists, five or more years post-PhD, in research-teaching positions. We used an identity framework to understand how they navigated their work in the context of jurisdictional, institutional, and other pressures. The results suggest that though others might characterise them as entering mid-career, they still saw themselves striving towards their post-PhD goals of a) gaining permanence and b) feeling more established in their field. Institutional implications are noted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United Kingdom (England)
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