Abstracts: October 23rd, 2000

Mavin SCareer Development International, (UK), 2000 Vol 5 No 1

Start page: 13. No of pages: 8

Questions the generalizability of the traditional career development model, suggesting that it may not be applicable to women’s careers. Sets out the potential differences between men’s and women’s careers and their attitudes towards them, focusing on the ways in which family commitments and employers’ assumptions about the effect of these on career commitment, may affect women’s careers. Points out that women are making steady advances in the workplace. looking at the reasons for this and the reasons for their inability to reach the top organizational positions. Discusses if the breakdown of traditional career structures will make any difference to women’s career patterns, pointing to evidence that new opportunities are opening up as organizations change and re-organize. Calls for more research into women’s career patterns, arguing that this will present the opportunity to re-evaluate career development theory in general, opening up the possibility of developing integrated career structures for both men and women.

Subject(s): CAREER DEVELOPMENT, WOMEN, FAMILY LIFE, MEN, GENDER, ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE

ISSN: 1362-0436. Reference: 29AJ333

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