Redefining the Boundaries? Making Sense of Career in Contemporary New Zealand:
Published on Apr 1, 2004in Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources0.891
· DOI :10.1177/1038411104039470
This paper outlines the results from an exploratory research project into individual perceptions of career in the changing world of work. The aim was to understand how individuals were making sense of and enacting their career. Three organisations, which had all undergone significant change, were used to identify participants whose stories were generated either through qualitative surveys and interviews. From data analysis using the NUD•ist software program, six themes were generated illustrating patterns of ideas running through the data. These themes were then used to address the research aims of investigating current interpretations of career in New Zealand. Overall, it was found that contemporary workplace changes have impacted on career meaning and subjective interpretations of career have been externalised. These conclusions have practical implications for career practitioners, human resources managers and individuals in their own career planning.