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Jobs and careers

Michael Clarke

in Challenging choices

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423986
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423986.003.0008
Jobs and careers

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This chapter discusses the factors that influence the choice of job or career of an individual. It notes that fitting in at work has always involved adapting one's personality to the workplace. It also explains that work involves using one's talents. It discusses that parental tradition and the familiarisation as a child with the occupation has a great effect on one's career/job choice. It notes that life is hence oriented to the leisure that can come from the demands of work, and is motivated by evenings in pubs and clubs, the weekends in specialist recreations and holidays in increasingly exotic locations. It highlights that ageism at work is rampant, and explains that the emphasis of today's employers is on freshness, quick learning, and adaptability rather than experience, diligence, and reliability.

Keywords: personality; workplace; talents; occupation; career; job; ageism; parental traditions

Chapter.  3083 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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