The Hero’s Journey: constructing continuity from discontinuity in millennial career changers’ narratives
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractAlthough career construction theory is relevant to today's vocational climate, empirical research into it is scarce. Accordingly, we explored this theory by investigating the concepts, structures and processes that UK-based millennial career changers use to construct narratives allowing for continuity of plot and discontinuity of career direction. Interpretative phenomenological analysis on semi-structured interviews (N = 6) identified four themes: dissatisfaction, realisation, sacrifice and return. The Hero’s Journey was identified as an overarching structure for meaning making in career change. Participants assimilated instability and discontinuity into a broader framework of continuity, through narrating a quest for closer alignment between their work and personality. This study provides useful insights into career construction theory and suggests further utility of The Hero’s Journey in career counselling/guidance.
CitationMcCaie, F. & Kotera, Y. (2020). 'The Hero’s Journey: Constructing continuity from discontinuity in millennial career changers narratives'. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, pp. 1-17.
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling