A Grounded Theory Approach Into The Development Of Career Goals

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A grounded theory approach into the development of career goals during childhood to adulthood ABSTRACT The study aimed to investigate whether career goals changed during childhood to adulthood, and what influences an individual to change their career goals. The study employed a grounded theory approach to analyse the three participants career goals. Two participants, age 20 and 21, attended the University of Westminster. The third participant was a 20-year-old, employed at ASOS. All three participants took part in a twenty minute, semi-structured interview. The study identified four main themes, which were 1.) Changes in job occupation goals; 2.) Impact on career goals; 3.) Career preparation and 4.) Level of certainty and attitude. The findings clarified that changes occurred in career development due to a variety of influential factors. In addition, the results suggest that further research, using grounded theory; theoretical sampling should be applied to identify other factors influencing changes in career development. Further proposals are mentioned in the discussion and reflective account. INTRODUCTION Qualitative research in career development has become a significant concern over the recent years in psychology. Psychologists have focused on fulfilling various gaps in literature, providing data, which exhibit a variety of factors influencing career ambitions (Blustein, Kenna, Murphy, DeVoy & Dewin, 2005). Psychological literature has lacked specific focus on

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