Academic journal article Career Development Quarterly

Career Transitions: Introduction to the Special Issue

Academic journal article Career Development Quarterly

Career Transitions: Introduction to the Special Issue

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Physical injuries tend to occur when people start and stop moving. For example, when athletes start or stop running, they heighten their vulnerability to pulled muscles and torn cartilage. Similarly, automobile accidents most commonly occur as drivers leave the driveway, encounter a stop sign or a traffic signal, change lanes, or enter or exit an expressway. In other words, both beginning and ending a line movement often involve risk.

Regarding a career, changes in a line of movement also pose risks. Individuals most often encounter failure, dissatisfaction, and distress when they enter or exit student and work roles. Traditionally, counselors have concentrated on the major transitions in educationalvocational roles as they facilitate client moves regarding career choice, the school-to-work transition, and retirement. Counselors have attended less to career transitions that occur during a typical work life, maybe because the major career theories focus more intensely on the career stages of exploration and establishment rather than on the maintenance stage.

The realities of contemporary life no longer allow clients and counselors to slight the maintenance stage in career development. …

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