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ERIC Number: EJ971803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Career Adaptability: A Qualitative Understanding from the Stories of Older Women
McMahon, Mary; Watson, Mark; Bimrose, Jenny
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v80 n3 p762-768 Jun 2012
This article reports on an international qualitative study investigating career pathways through the stories of transition and adaptability of older women. Informed by grounded theory, the study explored how this group of women coped with and adapted to changes and transitions related to career. Data were gathered by means of interviews with 36 older women from Australia, England and South Africa. An inductive data analysis informed by grounded theory produced nine themes with 19 subthemes of which one subtheme was career adaptability. A second stage deductive data analysis of the career adaptability subtheme was conducted using qualitative descriptors developed by the researchers of the five dimensions of concern, control, curiosity, confidence, and cooperation as well as three levels of career adaptability proposed by Savickas (2008). Three case studies are discussed. The results support a qualitative interpretation of career adaptability. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; South Africa; United Kingdom (England)