Waiting for a career epiphany - a barrier to decision-making?

Houston, K and Cunningham, EA 2018, 'Waiting for a career epiphany - a barrier to decision-making?' , Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 40 , pp. 25-32.

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Abstract

The desire for a career epiphany, a sudden realisation of a future career, can often feature as an unspoken wish in career conversations with students and graduates. This yearning for certainty causes indecisiveness, a fear of making the wrong decision or a ‘not yet’ conclusion. In this qualitative research study, students and graduates confirmed themes of meta-indecision, a decision to not make a decision. Advice from graduates, careers advisers and employability academics challenged the need for absolute certainty as a prerequisite for first career decisions. This article argues that students and graduates can break through analysis paralysis and shape ‘good enough’ career plans.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling
Publisher: The National Institute for Career Education and Counselling
ISSN: 2046-1348
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Depositing User: EA Cunningham
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 14:36
Last Modified: 09 May 2018 14:43
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/46797

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