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Career Development – A Longitudinal Study Into Career Value Change

Steele, Catherine, Francis-Smythe, Jan and Arnold, J. (2010) Career Development – A Longitudinal Study Into Career Value Change. In: British Academy of Management 2010 Conference, 14-16, September 2010, University of Sheffield. (Unpublished)

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Career theorists have long suggested that age and life stages have an impact upon our career values. However there is substantial disagreement over how this actually manifests itself. Some suggest these differences are generational with external factors playing an important role (Westerman & Yamamura, 2007). In contrast developmental theories of careers focus on what happens in distinct career stages. These theories provide some structure to careers through the lifespan suggesting that early careerists will focus on exploration, mid careerists are concerned with advancement and the late careerists concentrate on passing their skills to others. Savickas (2002) calls for more longitudinal research in the field of careers to examine in depth what happens to individuals as they progress through these stages rather than taking the more popular cross sectional approach to research. This paper describes the development of a study that aims to examine career values through the lifespan using the career anchor model as a measure of career values.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: career development, career values, age, lifespan, career stages, career anchor model
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Jan Francis-Smythe
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2010 12:17
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 14:03

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