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‘I’ve finally got my expression’: the anchoring role of identity in changing from an organisation-based career to a protean career path

Denyer, K. and Rowson, T. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1605-2927 (2021) ‘I’ve finally got my expression’: the anchoring role of identity in changing from an organisation-based career to a protean career path. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. ISSN 0306-9885 (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

This qualitative study expIores the role of identity in changing from a traditional, organisation-based career to a protean career path. Biographical narrative interviews were conducted with 12 prime-aged U.K. participants. These were analysed using narrative and thematic analysis. Analysis highlights the anchoring role of identity in transitioning to a career driven by values, and demonstrating adaptability in an unpredictable work environment. Findings are used to propose a definition of identity relevant to protean career changers, and to suggest that clear identity should be considered the core characteristic necessary for thriving in transitions to protean career paths. Career practitioners are advised to prioritise identity exploration with clients seeking to transition from an organisation-based career to pursue a self-directed, values-driven career path.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:101082
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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