Examining the Impact of Working-Holidays upon Future Careers
by Kevin D. Lyons (School of Social Sciences, University of Newcastle)
This paper discusses research being undertaken in Australia that examines the impact of working holidays upon the career and life trajectories of participants. An initial qualitative research study has been completed that examined the experiences of a group of 72 young Australians who worked at summer camps throughout the USA. This study found that the intense nature of this experience had an important impact upon participants and provided clarity to their career interests. This initial study has provided a foundation for a larger research project about to be conducted that examines the impact of working holidays upon the clarity and intensity of individuals’ ‘career anchors’.
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