1st Edition

Career Barriers
How People Experience, Overcome, and Avoid Failure

ISBN 9780805825800
Published September 1, 1997 by Psychology Press
240 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

This volume's goal is to help readers understand how people react to career barriers and how people develop constructive ways of coping with them. Drawing on original cases and data from interviews with people who faced different types of career barriers, the author describes how people react to, and make sense of, unfortunate events in their lives--and career barriers when they occur. He considers how and why some people cope constructively while others don't, and explores how resilience and support from others help get us through tough times and emerge with a sense of renewal and career growth. He suggests how we can manage career barriers and prepare for--or even prevent--career barriers through foresight, planning, and education. These methods also suggest what managers and organizations should do to help their employees who are or may soon be facing career barriers.

People can learn while facing the stress and self-questioning that accompany career barriers, but this is not an easy process. Learning requires considerable self-understanding and environmental support. The organization can play a vital role in limiting people's pain and creating opportunities. However, despite generous severance packages and outplacement services, many organizations have been little help to people who lose their jobs, suffer job stress, face unreasonably demanding bosses, or suffer from physical handicaps or chronic illnesses. Most of the burden falls on individuals and their families. Assistance can and should come from employers, government agencies, educational institutions, and religious organizations.

While the book focuses on the perspectives of people who have been or may be affected by career barriers, the material should be of interest to a broad range of readers --in particular, academics who study careers, practitioners in the fields of training and development, and government officials who set public policy that affects displaced workers.

Table of Contents

Contents: Part I: What is a Career Barrier?Examples and Types of Barrier? Part II: How People React to Career Barriers.The Pain of Failure. Coping Strategies. Career Motivation: Resilience, Insight, and Identity. Resilience and Hardiness: The Basis for Inner Strength. Part III: Ways to Help People Overcome Career Barriers.Sources of Support. Methods for Constructive Responses. Part IV: Ways to Avoid Career Barriers.Toward Multiple Careers and Continuous Learning. Appendices: Additional Cases. Catalogue of Cases. Case Description and Rating Forms. Relationship Between Appraisal, Coping, and Career Motivation.

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"Career Barriers contains important insights that should guide both researchers and practitioners in their attempts to understand and manage the many dilemmas of corporate life that lie ahead in the twenty-first century."
Academy of Management Review

"This book covers the field of career barriers in a comprehensive fashion....I find the book's structure around the career motivation theme helpful and enlightening."
Personnel Psychology