Fading at fifty? Exploring the future career plans of academics in their 50's

Jacqui Larkin, Ruth Neumann, Paul Nesbit

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Abstract

National statistics indicate that a large proportion of Australian academics will exit the workforce within the next decade. For sustainability reasons, it is important to understand how the future career plans of academics in their 50s are incorporated into HRM strategies, policies and practices. This paper discusses the initial findings on future career plans from interviews with academics in their 50s and university management. The findings revealed that close to two thirds of participants have no intentions of retiring, despite the representation of early retirement schemes in Academic Staff Ente1prise Agreements. Moderate variations across discipline group, employment duration and gender, suggests that a 'one-size fits all' approach to retirement needs re-thinking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th ANZAM Conference
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging for unknowable futures
EditorsBruce Gurd
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Pages1-17
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)1877040827
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAustralia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (24th : 2010) - Adelaide
Duration: 8 Dec 201010 Dec 2010

Conference

ConferenceAustralia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (24th : 2010)
CityAdelaide
Period8/12/1010/12/10

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Keywords

  • human resource management
  • career management
  • academics
  • retirement

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Larkin, J., Neumann, R., & Nesbit, P. (2010). Fading at fifty? Exploring the future career plans of academics in their 50's. In B. Gurd (Ed.), Proceedings of the 24th ANZAM Conference: managing for unknowable futures (pp. 1-17). Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.