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Strengthening global research on women's career development

A GROUNDBREAKING book looking at career development patterns among women aged 45 to 65 across the globe is challenging perspectives about women in the work place. 

“We felt that career theory and career measurement were too male-dominated,” said Professor of Psychology Mark Watson, one of the book’s three joint editors, who is also the winner of one of two NMMU Research Excellence Awards.

“Women’s patterns of career development are complex. Women are very resilient.”

Published earlier this year under the title, “Women’s career development throughout the lifespan: An international exploration”, it is one of three career-focused books with which Watson has recently been involved. The book began as a study of career transitions and the multiple life roles carried by women in South Africa, Australia and England, but soon expanded to include women in six other countries, namely Germany, Italy, Argentina, Canada, China and Portugal.

“Each country had a principle researcher who interviewed 12 women ... The book allows readers to listen to the voices of the 108 women.”

The three editors, who included Prof Jenny Bimrose from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, and Dr Mary McMahon from the University of Queenland, Australia (both of whom are research associates in NMMU’s Faculty of Health Sciences), invited top international career researchers and theorists to offer their opinions on the material collected, which were also included in the book. Read more...


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