Voluntary midlife career change: Integrating the transtheoretical model and the life-span, life-space approach

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Frequent career change is the predicted experience of workers in the global economy. Self-initiating career changers are a substantial subset of the total population of career changers. There is currently a dearth of theory and research to help career counselors conceptualize the career change process for the application of appropriate interventions. The authors present an integration of a well-researched behavior change theory, the transtheoretical model of change, with Super's (1990) life-span, life-space approach. The corresponding stages of the 2 models are discussed along with theoretically appropriate interventions. The integrated model provides the basis for future research on the change process for voluntary midlife career changers. © 2011 by the National Career Development Association. All rights reserved.

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Career Development Quarterly

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