Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Adults in Transition
Charles K. Hees & Patrick J. Rottinghaus
Adults experience a wide variety of transitions including shifting from school to work, marriage, divorce, birth of a child, death of a loved one, adjustments to serious injuries, relocations, and, particularly, career transitions. Since the latter part of the 20th century, a rapidly changing global economy and technological advances have demanded that people adjust to the changing context affecting their work lives. Coping with these challenges requires increased awareness of one's self, of the world of work, and of adaptive strategies for making wise career decisions. The following sections emphasize various career-related transition types, theories, stages, special populations, and implications for career counseling. Transitions may be categorized as anticipated, unanticipated, or even none vents. Moreover, these events can occur abruptly, such as in the case of accidents, or more gradually, such as adjustment to planned promotions or career transitions. A transition may be defined as an event or nonevent resulting ...