ERIC Number: EJ954210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Communication and Voluntary Downward Career Changes
Tan, Claire L.; Kramer, Michael W.
Journal of Applied Communication Research, v40 n1 p87-106 2012
Downward career changes are challenging in societies which place a premium on the accumulation of material wealth and discourage risk-taking, such as Singapore. To better understand how individuals manage their identities during such changes, 30 individuals who had completed a voluntary downward career change were interviewed. Results suggest three phases of communication during this process: (1) Decision making, in which individuals communicate to gather information about the change and seek support for it; (2) Announcement, in which they strategically time, frame, and deliver the message to maximize acceptance of the change; and (3) New career, in which they reframe, refocus, and recalibrate to increase their social identity. The findings suggest strategies individuals may use to effectively manage their social identities as they change careers and suggest strategies organizations may use for recruiting individuals into socially less-prestigious occupations.
Descriptors: Career Change, Communication (Thought Transfer), Decision Making, Identification, Communication Strategies, Interviews, Foreign Countries
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore