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career choice

Stephen A. Stumpf


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Career choice, defined as a decision about which career to pursue, is one of many work–leisure decisions made by people throughout their lives. Related, but somewhat more focused, decisions are occupational choice and job choice. A career is “a sequence of work‐related positions occupied throughout a person's life” ( London and Stumpf, 1982: 4 ). Career choice encompasses those career stages and transitions over time that reflect personal needs, motives, and aspirations, as well as societal and organizational expectations and constraints. In practice, career choice is not a singular decision. People make many choices within their broader, often unarticulated, decisions about their work life. Decisions to change positions within an organization, change jobs, change organizations, change work locations, or change occupations are all part of a broader choice regarding one's career. As such, each of these decisions is a career decision, or at least part of the collection of activities that is viewed as one's career choice. ( 1982 ). Managing Careers . Reading, MA : Addison‐Wesley . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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