Occupational transitions as a relational project
2012 (English)In: Studies in Continuing Education, ISSN 0158-037X, E-ISSN 1470-126X, Vol. 34, no 2, 83-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Looking at ‘biographical learning’ as part of a work transition, the aim of this paper is to investigate how social relations enable and constrain such a learning process in outplacement clients. To examine the process, its character and social conditions, the study draws on interviews with workers who had been made redundant and were enrolled at an outplacement agency. The interviews were analysed using a comparative cross-case analysis. A distinction was made between ‘strong’ (long-term and intimate), ‘weak’ (short-term and non-intimate) and ‘formal’ (e.g., professional counsellors) relations. Findings showed that strong and formal relations were rather influential on people's engagement in biographical learning while weak relations were important to the straightforward career. Since transitions in late modern society has become not only a passage but also a learning option, the different sources and functions of social relations should be considered a vital part of outplacement counselling. Future research should examine more closely both parties in strong relationships and the (joint) process of career decision-making inherent in occupational transitions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 34, no 2, 83-98 p.
Work transitions; biographical learning; social relations; social support; outplacement
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-76637DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2011.610300ISI: 000306597300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-76637DiVA: diva2:515471