The purpose of the qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences of women veterans to understand how military experience may have contributed to challenges in transitioning into the civilian labor market and to identify emerging themes related to the marketability for women veterans. Using the lens of social constructivism and an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), a collection of data through semi-structured interviews using open-ended questions and in-depth follow-up questions as well as public records on veterans’ employment trends were included. Only women veterans who sought employment in the private sector were included. Drawing from the lived experiences of 12 former enlisted women veterans, representative of the Army, Air Force, and Navy, the beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes about the challenges and consequences military service had on women veterans transitioning to private sector employment were explored. The lived experiences of the participants transitioning from the military and how those experiences contributed to women veterans’ marketability into the civilian labor market was the focus of this research. Seven core themes: (a) unrealistic expectations, (b) relationships/networking, (c) skills transferability, (d) civilian education, (e) cultural differences, (f) transition assistance programs, and (g) family commitment (marriage/children) emerged from an analysis of participant responses when sharing lived experiences. A perspective of the military to civilian transition is provided which may aid human resource practitioners and veteran service organizations in revising or implementing transition processes which could assist with making women veterans more marketable in the private sector.
|Advisor:||Randall, Phillip M.|
|Commitee:||Hannon, John, Wood, Vanessa|
|Department:||School of Business and Technology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Business administration, Womens studies|
|Keywords:||Civilian employment, Human resources, Military transition, Skills transferability, Veteran employment, Women veterans|
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