Voices in transition: Lessons on career adaptability

Christopher A. Ebberwein, Thomas S. Krieshok, Jon C. Ulven, Ellie C. Prosser

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Occupational problems have negative consequences across life domains, yet relatively little research addresses the psychological resources necessary for the adult career transition. Considering Super's concept of career adaptability (D. E. Super & E. G. Knasel, 1981), the authors outline what they believe adults need to successfully manage the transition. Individuals in transition were interviewed and their responses were analyzed using qualitative methods. Participants who anticipated career change planfully and realistically, even when their jobs appeared to be secure, cited better experiences of the transition and perceived themselves to be coping better than did participants who ignored signs of change or reacted unrealistically soon after the job loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-308
Number of pages17
JournalCareer Development Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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