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ERIC Number: EJ797711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1038-4162
Critical Reflections: Making Sense of Career
Dyer, Suzette
Australian Journal of Career Development, v15 n1 p28-36 Aut 2006
In this article the five career narratives of three siblings and two unemployed men are drawn upon to critically examine the use of contemporary career discourse as a means to negotiate changes to work since the 1980s and to the present time. A critical analysis enables contemporary career discourse and workplace change to be located within the historic, sociopolitical, and economic context. The five career narratives could be described by drawing upon various contemporary career models. However, these models failed to account for the participants' less optimistic experiences. Their experiences are micro-level examples of macrolevel trends associated with structural adjustment programs, organisational restructuring, and increased global competition. Careers theorists, practitioners, and administrators are in a unique position to become proactive in drawing political attention to the less positive outcomes of workplace change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A