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Decision Making in Voluntary Career Change: An Other-Than-Rational Perspective

Murtagh, N; Lopes, PN; Lyons, E; (2011) Decision Making in Voluntary Career Change: An Other-Than-Rational Perspective. Career Development Quarterly , 59 (3) 249 - 263. 10.1002/j.2161-0045.2011.tb00067.x. Green open access

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Abstract

A qualitative study of voluntary career change highlighted the importance of positive emotions, unplanned action, and the construction of certainty and continuity in the realization of change. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to broaden theoretical understanding of real-life career decision making. The accounts of eight women who had changed careers were explored and the analysis supported other-than-rational perspectives of career decision making. An action-affect-cognition framework of decision making is proposed. The framework adds the role of emotion and the importance of self-regulation to existing theory of career decision making. Implications for career counseling are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Decision Making in Voluntary Career Change: An Other-Than-Rational Perspective
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/j.2161-0045.2011.tb00067.x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.2161-0045.2011.tb00067...
Language: English
Additional information: © 2011 The National Career Development Association. This is the author's accepted manuscript of this publication.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1417348
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