Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A cross-generational narrative examination of women's career journeys
by Swann, Natalie, M.S., Pepperdine University, 2014, 111; 1566783
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine women's career journeys and how these journeys vary by generational cohort. Sixteen women wage-earners were interviewed to examine women's career journeys and how these journeys vary by generation. Specifically, the internal and external barriers to and facilitators of women's career advancement, success and fulfillment were examined. The women reported five influencers on their career choices: mentors or role models, work-life balance considerations, passions and interests, financial needs, and hostile work environments. The process of career planning and exploration the women described was consistent across the generations and included a period of exploration, failure of their initial plans leading to continued exploration or limbo, and their avocations and careers ultimately seeming to unfold naturally.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Egan, Terri
Commitee: Chesley, Julie A.
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Career journey, Career planning, Generational differences, Women
Publication Number: 1566783
ISBN: 978-1-321-25654-3
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