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Early career development in the public sector: Lessons from a social constructionist perspective

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dc.contributor.author Bridgman, T.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-17T23:32:00Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-11T21:39:43Z
dc.date.available 2017
dc.date.available 2018-04-17T23:32:00Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-11T21:39:43Z
dc.date.copyright 2017
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/20324
dc.description.abstract This article explores the contribution a social constructionist paradigm can make to the study of career, through a small-scale empirical study of recent graduates employed in New Zealand’s state sector. A social constructionist lens denies the possibility of an individualised, generalized understanding of “career”, highlighting instead its local, contingent character as the product of social interaction. Our respondents’ collective construction of career was heavily shaped by a range of context-specific interactions and influences, such as the perception of a distinctive national identity, as well as by their young age and state sector location. It was also shaped by the research process, with us as researchers implicated in these meaning-making processes. Social constructionism shines a light on aspects of the field that are underplayed by mainstream, scientific approaches to the study of career, and therefore has valuable implications for practitioners, as well as scholars. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries Australian Journal of Career Development en_NZ
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1177/1038416217718544
dc.rights.uri https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/journal-author-archiving-policies-and-re-use-1
dc.subject Careers, social constructionism, young adults, public sector, national identity en_NZ
dc.title Early career development in the public sector: Lessons from a social constructionist perspective en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Management School en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 150305 Human Resource Management en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Journal Contribution - Research Article en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 359999 Other commerce, management, tourism and services not elsewhere classified en_NZ
dc.rights.rightsholder SAGE Publications en_NZ

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