Career adaptability: A qualitative understanding from the stories of older women

McMahon, Mary, Watson, Mark and Bimrose, Jenny (2012) Career adaptability: A qualitative understanding from the stories of older women. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80 3: 762-768. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2012.01.016

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Author McMahon, Mary
Watson, Mark
Bimrose, Jenny
Title Career adaptability: A qualitative understanding from the stories of older women
Journal name Journal of Vocational Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-8791
Publication date 2012-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jvb.2012.01.016
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 80
Issue 3
Start page 762
End page 768
Total pages 7
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Subject 3202 Applied Psychology
1407 Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
3319 Life-span and Life-course Studies
3304 Education
Abstract 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.
Keyword Career adaptability
Older women
Career construction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 5 March 2012.

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