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Life Course Research Design: Exploring Career Change Experiences of Former School Teachers and Police Officers

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posted on 2023-05-18, 04:56 authored by Loene HowesLoene Howes, Goodman-Delahunty, J
Once associated with lifetime employment, policing and teaching have become increasingly associated with employee attrition. We used a life course research design to explore career turning points and transitions, in the context of preceding and following careers. Former police officers (n ¼ 9) and former teachers (n ¼ 15) from around Australia participated in 30- to 60-min interviews about their careers and career decision making. Transcribed interview responses were analyzed using contextualizing and categorizing methods. Although participants’ experiences of ruptures preceding voluntary career change differed, the theme of feeling undervalued as a result of ruptures was common among participants. Participants felt valued in subsequent careers when prior skills were recognized and opportunities existed to acquire and apply new skills. Practical implications include the need for organizations to offer supportive workplace environments that value individual members and their contributions.


Publication title

Journal of Career Development








School of Social Sciences


Sage Publications, Inc.

Place of publication

United Kingdom

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Copyright 2013 Curators of the University of Missouri

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Socio-economic Objectives

Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified

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