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ERIC Number: EJ927283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0894-8453
Women's Later Life Career Development: Looking through the Lens of the Kaleidoscope Career Model
August, Rachel A.
Journal of Career Development, v38 n3 p208-236 Jun 2011
This study explores the relevance of the Kaleidoscope Career Model (KCM) to women's later life career development. Qualitative interview data were gathered from 14 women in both the "truly" late career and bridge employment periods using a longitudinal design. The relevance of authenticity, balance, and challenge--central parameters in the KCM--is explored, along with the particular meanings associated with those parameters. Results demonstrate that all three parameters have relevance for older working women. In addition, as compared to studies of younger women, there were several unique meanings associated with the idea of authenticity. To a somewhat lesser extent, this was also the case with balance. The meanings of challenge were notably more consistent with those found in younger samples. Practical implications of considering the KCM parameters in reference to employee retention, combating stereotypes pertaining to age, and meeting older employees' needs for fulfilling work are also described. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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