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Career Change: Transition and Disruption

  • Ann M. Brewer
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Abstract

Understanding what work means to people (and how it functions in their lives), the personal and family benefits and costs incurred in maintaining or exiting a career; to start-up a new business or how and why remaining or leaving a career is the best thing to do. Going to work provides a routine, a schedule and a practice, that most people rely on. Without routine, people would need to exercise choice, decision and judgement more frequently about how to spend their day. And this would be demanding. Work means much more to people than routine. It provides meaning, a purpose and an identity evidenced by interconnecting historical, interpersonal and material factors. All the more reason why any break from work, planned or unplanned, not only leads to physical, social and professional dislocation but also psychological.

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  1. 1.University of NewcastleSydneyAustralia

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