Complexities in the career-family perspectives of young professionals

Castleman, Tanya, Coulthard, Darryl and Reed, Rosslyn 2005, Complexities in the career-family perspectives of young professionals, Labour & industry, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 61-80.

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Title Complexities in the career-family perspectives of young professionals
Author(s) Castleman, Tanya
Coulthard, Darryl
Reed, Rosslyn
Journal name Labour & industry
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 61
End page 80
Publisher RMIT
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2005-12
ISSN 1030-1763
Summary Work-life balance issues are not a constant but are framed differently at different stages of the life-course. In addition to analysing behaviour, it is also important to develop an understanding of the meaning that actors attach to what they do. This article examines the perspectives of young Australian professionals on career, relationships and family. Work-life balance issues are not a constant but are framed differently at different stages of the life-course. In addition to analysing behaviour, it is also important to develop an understanding of the meaning that actors attach to what they do. This article examines the perspectives of young Australian professionals on career, relationships and family formation as these evolve over the early years after university graduation. It provides an insight into their views about the balance between their career goals and family in the early years of their professional working lives. It reports a longitudinal study of 86 young Australian professionals from 1997 to 2003, which highlights the emergent and contingent nature of decisions about careers and relationships and their relevance for childbearing. Gender plays a role in their plans and expectations but they reject the traditional male breadwinner model. The high value given to dual career relationships may put stress on their ability to balance family aspirations with satisfactory careers.yformation as these evolve over the early years after university graduation. It provides an insight into their views about the balance between their career goals and family in the early years of their professional working lives. It reports a longitudinal study of 86young Australian professionalsfrom 1997 to 2003, which highlights the emergent and contingent nature of decisions about careers and relationships andtheir relevancefor childbearing. Gender plays a role in their plans and expectations but they reject the traditional male breadwinner model. The high value given to dual career relationships may put stress on their ability to balance family aspirations with satisfactory careers.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Taylor & Francis
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