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The Impact of Diversity on Career Transitions over the Life Course

The Impact of Diversity on Career Transitions over the Life Course
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Author(s): Jenell L. S. Wittmer (University of Toledo, USA) and Cort W. Rudolph (Saint Louis University, USA)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 35
Source title: Impact of Diversity on Organization and Career Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Claretha Hughes (University of Arkansas, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7324-3.ch007

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Abstract

There are many aspects of diversity that impact career transitions over the life course. Whereas traditional conceptualizations of career stages emphasize a clear career path for the majority of people, modern career transitions are better characterized by both the multitude and variety of potential mobility paths. Modern career trajectories have also been linked to early developmental activities, which are similarly related to increases in diversity and other societal changes. This chapter discusses the impact of different forms of diversity on career transitions from both psychological/developmental and sociological life course perspectives, as well from a dynamic perspective where one's career transitions are dictated by lesser-planned socio-contextual and personal circumstances. The authors conclude this discussion by outlining some trends that are likely to influence career development in the future, including suggestions for future research.

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