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.
|Journal||Academy of Management. Proceedings|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Nov 2017|
|Event||77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2017 - Atlanta, United States|
Duration: 4 Aug 2017 → 8 Aug 2017
- caring life roles
- Mixed Method
- nonlinear careers