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ERIC Number: EJ982476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
New Degree for a New Career? Career Development of Finnish Polytechnic Master's Degree Graduates
Ahola, Sakari; Galli, Loretta
Journal of Education and Work, v25 n5 p537-553 2012
This article explores Finnish polytechnic master's degree graduates' career development about one year after graduation. Twenty interviewed graduates were first classified on the basis of their initial educational motives yielding a typology of goal-oriented, learning-oriented and drifters. After this, their career development was analysed. As a result, six different career development types were identified. Nearly, half of the interviewees were termed as goal-oriented careerists. The remaining types with a couple of interviewees in each were named as goal-oriented career-fighters, learning-oriented progressors, learning-oriented adaptors, career-satisfied drifters and discontented drifters. In conclusion, the career development of the goal-oriented followed a planned and predictable pathway while others benefitted from various happenstances. Regarding the discussion in current career development literature on whether utilising chance in careering is better than rational planning, this small-scale qualitative study shows that both ways can yield equally good results. (Contains 1 note and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland