Understanding women's desire for the kaleidoscope of authenticity, balance and challenge

Marjorie S. O'Neill, Denise Mary Jepsen

Research output: Contribution to journalConference paperResearch

Abstract

Improved health care and increased life expectancy have extended working lives and changed the nature of work for many women. The aim of this research is to explore the kaleidoscope career intentions of women and understand the impact of life roles on their career choices. The research comprises two studies. In study one, 14 semi structured in-depth interviews with female hospital pharmacists demonstrates their desire to increase non-work life roles while caring for ageing parents has influence over their career choices. In study two, a survey of 178 female direct care workers confirms life roles’ impact on their kaleidoscope career intentions. Findings demonstrate that different life roles strongly influence women’s career choices in a number of ways, including desires to increase their leisure and their engagement with activities outside work. Second, carer responsibilities play an influential role in female career choices, particularly those related to adult children caring for ageing parents. Finally, kaleidoscope career intentions may be influenced by life roles. These findings have considerable implications for both the expansion of careers and gender theory and development of public and business policies aimed at attracting and retaining human resources.

Fingerprint

authenticity
career
parents
business policy
working life
pharmacist
life expectancy
human resources
public policy
health care
worker
responsibility
gender
interview

Keywords

  • caring life roles
  • Mixed Method
  • nonlinear careers

Cite this

@article{cd9f5f855b0a40d882c8b9959af7407e,
title = "Understanding women's desire for the kaleidoscope of authenticity, balance and challenge",
abstract = "Improved health care and increased life expectancy have extended working lives and changed the nature of work for many women. The aim of this research is to explore the kaleidoscope career intentions of women and understand the impact of life roles on their career choices. The research comprises two studies. In study one, 14 semi structured in-depth interviews with female hospital pharmacists demonstrates their desire to increase non-work life roles while caring for ageing parents has influence over their career choices. In study two, a survey of 178 female direct care workers confirms life roles’ impact on their kaleidoscope career intentions. Findings demonstrate that different life roles strongly influence women’s career choices in a number of ways, including desires to increase their leisure and their engagement with activities outside work. Second, carer responsibilities play an influential role in female career choices, particularly those related to adult children caring for ageing parents. Finally, kaleidoscope career intentions may be influenced by life roles. These findings have considerable implications for both the expansion of careers and gender theory and development of public and business policies aimed at attracting and retaining human resources.",
keywords = "caring life roles, Mixed Method, nonlinear careers",
author = "O'Neill, {Marjorie S.} and Jepsen, {Denise Mary}",
year = "2017",
month = "11",
day = "30",
doi = "10.5465/ambpp.2017.13074abstract",
language = "English",
volume = "2017",
journal = "Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings",
issn = "2151-6561",
publisher = "Academy of Management (AoM)",
number = "1",

}

Understanding women's desire for the kaleidoscope of authenticity, balance and challenge. / O'Neill, Marjorie S.; Jepsen, Denise Mary.

In: Academy of Management. Proceedings, Vol. 2017, No. 1, 30.11.2017.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference paperResearch

TY - JOUR

T1 - Understanding women's desire for the kaleidoscope of authenticity, balance and challenge

AU - O'Neill, Marjorie S.

AU - Jepsen, Denise Mary

PY - 2017/11/30

Y1 - 2017/11/30

N2 - Improved health care and increased life expectancy have extended working lives and changed the nature of work for many women. The aim of this research is to explore the kaleidoscope career intentions of women and understand the impact of life roles on their career choices. The research comprises two studies. In study one, 14 semi structured in-depth interviews with female hospital pharmacists demonstrates their desire to increase non-work life roles while caring for ageing parents has influence over their career choices. In study two, a survey of 178 female direct care workers confirms life roles’ impact on their kaleidoscope career intentions. Findings demonstrate that different life roles strongly influence women’s career choices in a number of ways, including desires to increase their leisure and their engagement with activities outside work. Second, carer responsibilities play an influential role in female career choices, particularly those related to adult children caring for ageing parents. Finally, kaleidoscope career intentions may be influenced by life roles. These findings have considerable implications for both the expansion of careers and gender theory and development of public and business policies aimed at attracting and retaining human resources.

AB - Improved health care and increased life expectancy have extended working lives and changed the nature of work for many women. The aim of this research is to explore the kaleidoscope career intentions of women and understand the impact of life roles on their career choices. The research comprises two studies. In study one, 14 semi structured in-depth interviews with female hospital pharmacists demonstrates their desire to increase non-work life roles while caring for ageing parents has influence over their career choices. In study two, a survey of 178 female direct care workers confirms life roles’ impact on their kaleidoscope career intentions. Findings demonstrate that different life roles strongly influence women’s career choices in a number of ways, including desires to increase their leisure and their engagement with activities outside work. Second, carer responsibilities play an influential role in female career choices, particularly those related to adult children caring for ageing parents. Finally, kaleidoscope career intentions may be influenced by life roles. These findings have considerable implications for both the expansion of careers and gender theory and development of public and business policies aimed at attracting and retaining human resources.

KW - caring life roles

KW - Mixed Method

KW - nonlinear careers

U2 - 10.5465/ambpp.2017.13074abstract

DO - 10.5465/ambpp.2017.13074abstract

M3 - Conference paper

VL - 2017

JO - Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings

T2 - Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings

JF - Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings

SN - 2151-6561

IS - 1

ER -