The characteristics of prototypical occupational identities: a grounded theory of four occupations

Cahill, Sharon and Yates, Julia (2019) The characteristics of prototypical occupational identities: a grounded theory of four occupations. British Journal of Counselling and Guidance. ISSN 0306-9885

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Abstract

Evidence suggests that occupational prototypes have an impact on career decisions yet literature provides only a limited understanding of the nature of these prototypes. This paper presents a small-scale grounded theory study to explore the prototypes of four occupations conceptualised by psychology undergraduates. Data were collected from 24 psychology undergraduates through four focus groups. Participants were asked to evoke a typical member of each of four occupational groups and describe their prototype in detail. A classic grounded theory analysis identified the characteristics which were symbolised by the features of the prototypes and resulted in eight dimensions: warm, energetic, fun, intelligent, conventional, highbrow, successful and cool. The discussion explores the dimensions in the light of existing literature and suggestions are offered for practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling on 23 Dec 2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03069885.2019.1706154
Uncontrolled Keywords: occupational prototypes; occupational identities; career practice; grounded theory; self to prototype matching
Subjects: Psychology
Depositing User: Camille Regnault
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2019 12:10
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2020 15:56
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/6620

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