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'It seems at the moment my career is dependent on factors outside of my control.' Reflections on graduates' experiences of employment and career enactment in an era of economic uncertainty and austerity

Leach, Tony (2016) 'It seems at the moment my career is dependent on factors outside of my control.' Reflections on graduates' experiences of employment and career enactment in an era of economic uncertainty and austerity. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 45 (2). pp. 188-198.

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Abstract

This paper explores contested notions of the purpose of education and careers work. The research for the paper examines public sector employee reactions to notion of a psychological contract breach, when cuts in funding put their jobs and careers at risk. It argues that, in this environment, the search for career fulfilment can be marked by feelings of cruel optimism, wicked problems and broken expectations. The findings are then used to present the case for further research, firstly, to address the notion of possible selves, as individuals explore alternative identity affirming career opportunities; and secondly, the impact of changes in public policy on the process of psychological contracting between students and staff in further and higher education.
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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling on 11/11/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03069885.2016.1254724"
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2016.1254724
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LA History of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
School/Department: School of Education
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1755

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