Career adaptability: A qualitative analysis of the career narratives of older women

McMahon, Mary, Bimrose, Jenny and Watson, Mark (2012). Career adaptability: A qualitative analysis of the career narratives of older women. In: Abstracts of the XXX International Congress of Psychology. XXX International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa, (201-201). 22 - 27 July 2012.


Author McMahon, Mary
Bimrose, Jenny
Watson, Mark
Title of paper Career adaptability: A qualitative analysis of the career narratives of older women
Conference name XXX International Congress of Psychology
Conference location Cape Town, South Africa
Conference dates 22 - 27 July 2012
Proceedings title Abstracts of the XXX International Congress of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name International Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication E Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Psychology Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Published abstract
ISSN 0020-7594
1464-066X
Volume 47
Issue s1
Start page 201
End page 201
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Career adaptability is widely regarded as an essential competency for individuals to manage their careers in the 21st century. To date, career adaptability has been conceptualised primarily as a quantitative construct despite calls for it to be understood and applied qualitatively. This presentation reports on the initial phase of an international qualitative study investigating the career transitions and adaptability of older women. The aim of the study was to investigate how 36 older women from Australia, England and South Africa experienced career transitions. A two stage data analysis was conducted. The first stage of inductive data analysis revealed nine themes and 19 subthemes of which one subtheme was career adaptability. The second stage of deductive data analysis was guided by qualitative descriptors of the five dimensions of career adaptability, specifically concern, control, curiosity, confidence, and cooperation, as well as three levels of career adaptability proposed by Savickas (2008). Illustrative examples of the dimensions and elements of adaptability will be presented. The results offer a rich and nuanced understanding of career adaptability and suggest that qualitative assessment of career adaptability may be used to complement quantitative assessment. Subsequently the study has been extended to a further three countries.
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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