Voices of Emerging and Young Adults: In Pursuit of a Career Path

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)


Given the lengthened period of time to reach key milestones in comparison to previous generations (i.e., career, marriage, and children), emerging and young adults are potentially well positioned to make informed career and personal decisions. Increased possibilities and opportunities for exploration co-exist within a work environment that also offers no assurance that hard work will be rewarded, and that the American dream will be realized. This chapter focuses on the experiences of emerging and young adults trying to “take hold of some kind of life” professionally. Their perspectives provide a window to understanding the diversity of meaning and importance of consolidating a professional identity.


Young Adult Young Adulthood Career Path Work Satisfaction American Dream 
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