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|Title: ||'Mid-career change': an exploratory study of the processes of 'career' and of the experience of change in 'mid-life'|
|Authors: ||Collin, Audrey|
|Issue Date: ||1984|
|Publisher: ||© Audrey Collin|
|Abstract: ||Examination of a wide range of literature on both 'career' and 'middle age'
finds many concepts ill-defined and underlying assumptions (such as 'development')
unquestioned; and an emphasis upon intra-individual rather than
contextual factors. The 'career change' research approached the topic from
the perspective of the observer and that of the dominant theories as an
objective event to be explained in terms of individual characteristics.
In the present environment of change, the thesis argues the heed for a wider
exploration of this experience within a dynamic and holistic model of 'career'
and with the recognition of the significant subjective dimension.
The fieldwork attempts this in its biographical approach in unstructured,
tape-recorded interviews with 32 men preparing to enter a new occupation.
Close textual analysis of the interviews (on a literary model) identifies
the influence on the shape of the 'career' of the interaction of factors
both exogenous and endogenous to the individual. It is interpreted that the
individual negotiates a temporary 'truce' between these factors, which holds
until the interacting factors change and cause it to break down. The individual's
re-negotiation of the 'truce', as seen in the present phase, may lead
to minor adjustments or major re-directions through the several dömains of
For some, the experience of the present focusses upon the re-definition of
self and/or the environment: this 'broken truce' overlays the objective
realities of occupational change. The examination of other aspects of this
negotiation (use of resources, of advice and information, models and mentors;
mode of decision-making) identifies the significance of the 'orientation to
the environment': the time perspective and the perception-of and responses
to the environment. The implications for research, theory and counselling
are noted throughout.
The study concludes its evaluation of theory by Suggesting that systems
theory offers an appropriate, fruitful and comprehensive approach. However,
there remains the need to recognise the actor's view and thus an exploration
of the 'soft systems' approach is recommended.
Through the thesis note is taken of the 'career' of the research itself and
its relationship with the 'career' of the researcher.|
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Business School)|
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