Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

They muddled, jumped, and sometimes flew: When professional men in their thirties make a self-chosen career change
by Bray, Christopher K., Ph.D., The University of Oklahoma, 2009, 263; 3360092
Abstract (Summary)

The research and literature on career and personal transitions have mainly focused on the mid-life career changer. Little research has been conducted with the man in his thirties who decides to make a career change when all seems to be going well. This qualitative Narrative Inquiry study was designed to understand the career transitions of men who make a self-chosen career change while in their thirties. It will seek to understand the fifteen participant’s motive to change, process of transition and the lessons/reflections they experienced from the career transition.

The study’s sample consists of fifteen men who made a decision to change careers in their thirties. Data for the study was obtained through 1-2 hour interviews and also a follow-up interview. The theoretical perspectives for this study center on adult development, career development and personal transitions.

The findings emanating from this study include: (1) all participants were compelled to change careers by some external or internal motivation. The specific motivation to change played a role in the success of the vocational transition; (2) the ability to reflect upon the motivations to change, and then apply the lessons learned throughout the transition process is a key aspect of the transition process; (3) choosing to transition careers is more than a career change, it becomes a significant life event; and (4) the importance of a strong support system throughout the transition process.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Karpiak, Irene
Commitee: Garn, Gregg, Pace, Terry, Smith, Joan, Tan, David
School: The University of Oklahoma
Department: Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
School Location: United States -- Oklahoma
Source: DAI-A 70/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Adult education, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Career, Career change, Change, Corporation, Men, Personal, Professional, Transition
Publication Number: 3360092
ISBN: 978-1-109-23574-6
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