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Catherine Campbell

Doctor of Philosophy, (Social Work and Social Policy)
Study Completed: 2011
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
A Study of the Career Pathways of Canadian Young Adults During the Decade After Secondary School Graduation

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Ms Campbell considered how young people in Canada constructed their career pathways after they graduated from secondary school. The majority of participants in her study either did not know what they wanted to do when they graduated from secondary school or subsequently changed their minds. Whatever plans they had when they graduated from secondary school typically changed as they experienced unpredictable events and other internal and external influences that changed, or at least modified, the pathways taken. She found that participants used five strategies as they found a career-related place: navigating, exploring, drifting, settling and committing. Six career design principles were identified that provide guidelines for how young people can engage in the process of finding a career-related place in a way that is proactive while at the same time accepting that career pathways may be uncertain

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