ERIC Number: EJ1164734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
A Career in Professional Services: Accident, Serendipity or Something More?
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v40 n1 p3-17 2018
As part of a larger study, professional staff from two universities, Australian and British, were asked how they entered into a higher education career and what factors kept them in that career. Many participants reported that they found themselves in professional services almost by accident, or by a fortunate combination of circumstances. However, in addition to the serendipitous recruitment reported in earlier studies, our analysis found a positive value associated with higher education that attracted people to seek out employment opportunities, and to remain in the sector. This suggests that recruitment is not as accidental or serendipitous as might first appear. We argue that while there are many reasons why our participants remained in higher education, the variety offered in day-to-day roles and responsibilities is a key factor in retaining professional staff. Our findings have implications for policy and practice, for both the recruitment and retention of talented professional staff.
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, Professional Services, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Work Attitudes, Skilled Workers, Geographic Location, Family Influence, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Persistence, Recognition (Achievement), Promotion (Occupational), Change Agents, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews, Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Self Determination
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom
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