Career regret: a phenomenological study of retirees' experiences

Hennessey, Juanita (2011) Career regret: a phenomenological study of retirees' experiences. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The study examines the experiences of individuals who, if given their time back, would have chosen a different career path. Despite the fact that career has been consistently documented as a major life regret for many it is rarely mentioned, or only referred to tangentially, in career development literature. Five individual interviews, four female, one male, with people retired or transitioning to retirement are presented to explore the experience of regret as it persists throughout the adult lives of participants. Although the narratives shared by participants are unique and deeply personal, common themes emerged through qualitative analysis. Four themes relate to perceptions of the past: Early Influences, Why I Regret My Choice, The Passage of Time, and Balancing Work and Family. One theme relates to the present: If I Could Do It Over Again, and one to the future: What the Future will Be. Findings from the current study add to the limited research on the topic of career regret and implications for theory and practice are examined.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/10648
Item ID: 10648
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 87-100).
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2011
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Vocational guidance--Decision making; Retirees--Psychology; Work-life balance.

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