Understanding the nonlinear late life career choices of health professionals

Denise Mary Jepsen, Marjorie Spooner O'Neill

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The aim of this research is to explore the late life career intentions of physiotherapists. This research uses protean and boundaryless career models in conjunction with Super’s career theory to explore their late life career. The research consists of interviews with 12 physiotherapists and demonstrates the influence of life roles on late life nonlinear career intentions. Results show that physiotherapists wish to continue working in some capacity during their late life pursuing protean and boundaryless encore and bridge careers. Furthermore, results indicate that during late life, the worker life role is impacted by one’s desire to increase their leisure and non-work life role, including careering life roles such as adult child and grandparent. This research has implications for both the expansion of careers theory and the development of public and business policies aimed at retention of physiotherapists during their late career.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademy of Management. Proceedings
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2016 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20169 Aug 2016


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