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ERIC Number: EJ921833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1038-4162
Sustaining the Self: Implications for the Development of Career Practitioners' Professional Identity
Douglas, Fiona
Australian Journal of Career Development, v19 n3 p24-32 Spr 2010
Increasing interest by national and international agencies affects the environment career practitioners work in. Market-driven systems, deregulation and technological innovation change how people access services. This article examines some of the implications of these aspects on how career practitioners build their occupational identity, finding tensions exist between top-down professionalising actions such as building professional bodies to consolidate a fragmented occupation and the grassroots feelings practitioners have about their occupational identity. My focus is on how career practitioners in Aotearoa New Zealand, construct their occupational identity. I find the work of Michel Foucault and Judith Butler helps me to understand the discomfort many experience. My findings, with which others may identify, are that such discomfort about occupational identity inhibits a coherent push for professionalisation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand