Career Shifting

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Career-shifting is a process of changing one’s occupation voluntarily and entering into a new occupation which has a different career path than the previous one. This study aims at understanding key factors in the career-shift process. In order to investigate those key factors, a qualitative study was conducted. Twenty-four career-shifters were interviewed about their decisions to change occupations and enter a new one. Data were analyzed with (the help of) Atlas.ti based on the grounded theory approach. The results revealed the importance of three main categories: individual, social and relational.

In ancient times, kings and priests were the groups of people whose occupations defined their life styles and identities. In modern times, not
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Engineers who build a second career in Psychology) are called “career-shifters” in this study. The aim of this study is to investigate the key factors that influence the decisions on occupational change and actions of career-shifting. Changing the occupation unavoidably results in major changes in life. Many factors such as income, and income stability illnesses that occur in later stages of life, time dedicated to work, clothing style, physical appearance, and even leisure time activities depend on the person’s…show more content…
This is because one progresses his or her career in a particular occupation and changing one’s occupation would result in changing one’s career path, too. In the current study, the term “career-shift” was preferred to refer to the changing work pattern of an individual entering a different line of work.
Grounded Theory Approach:
Glaser and Strauss (1967) introduces grounded theory and Strauss and Corbin (1990) improved the theory. The theory offers a way to develop a new theory grounded on data. Grounded theory is generally used in the absence of a comprehensive theory on the phenomena of interest. The common methodology used in grounded theory is qualitative (Glaser & Strauss, 1967). In the grounded theory approach, the researcher analyses the data first to arrive at a conclusion.
Axial coding refers to coding the data according to common themes and collecting themes under relevant headings (Strauss & Gorbin, 1990). The analysis in grounded theory has four stages: generation of codes, concepts, categories and theories (Glaser & Strauss, 1967). In the current study, codes, concepts and categories were generated but theory development was left for further

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