In terms of time, energy, and money, a career is one of the most important investments that a person makes during his or her lifetime. Career Stress in Changing Times is an exciting volume that covers the entire career cycle, from beginning through mid-career dilemmas to the retirement transition. Many key career issues and stressors--as they are experienced during each stage of one’s career--are examined. Experts also explore the major social and cultural forces that influence careers and will continue to do so in the next century, including women’s influx into the workplace, the decline of blue-collar labor, the changing demographics of our nation, and the movement toward a world economy.Career Stress in Changing Times is ideal for individuals involved in career planning activities, professionals counseling people engaged in career planning transitions, and educators involved in teaching career planning seminars. This volume is unique in that it blends the work of academic researchers with that of practitioners on the firing line; it blends theoretical and conceptual work with empirical, data-based research as well as with the results of in-depth interviews and reports from the direct experience of practitioners.
Table of Contents
- I. Introduction
- The Changing Times of Life: Career in Context
- Career Experiences: Current and Future Themes
- II. The Beginning
- Career Planning
- Adjusting to a New Organization: Easing the Transition From Outsider to Insider
- Transition From School to Work
- III. The Mid-Career Issues
- Work and Non-Work Issues in the Management of Occupational Careers in the 1990s
- Intracompany Job Transfers: An Exploratory Two-Sample Study of the Buffering Effects of Interpersonal Support
- Merger and Acquisition Stress: Fear and Uncertainty at Mid-Career
- Staying With or Leaving the Organization
- The Middle Years: Career Stage Differences
- Mid-Career Transition
- IV. The End Game
- Why Retire Early?
- Time to Move On?
- Career Stress in Changing Times: Some Final Observations