Advancing Older Workers: Motivations, Adaptabilities, and Ongoing Career Engagement

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Luke, Jennifer and Neault, Roberta A.. 2020. "Advancing Older Workers: Motivations, Adaptabilities, and Ongoing Career Engagement." The Canadian Journal of Career Development. 19 (1), pp. 48-55.
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Advancing Older Workers: Motivations, Adaptabilities, and Ongoing Career Engagement

ERA Journal ID41567
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLuke, Jennifer and Neault, Roberta A.
Journal TitleThe Canadian Journal of Career Development
Journal Citation19 (1), pp. 48-55
Number of Pages8
Year2020
Place of PublicationCanada
ISSN1499-1845
1499-1853
Web Address (URL)https://cjcd-rcdc.ceric.ca/index.php/cjcd/article/view/24
Abstract

There is international government, private sector, and not-for-profit interest in the aging workforce and how to retain or re-engage retirement-age workers to address skills gaps and strengthen productivity. Traditionally, however, the career development sector has paid relatively little attention to this demographic. Published Australian research (Luke, McIlveen, & Perera, 2016) has examined the motivations of individuals who have retired (or are considering it) to stay engaged or re-engage in the workforce. Grounded in developmental and constructivist career theories, this article provides an international (trans-Pacific) perspective on the value of older workers, how to meet their workplace needs and expectations, and what it will take for them to achieve and sustain an optimal level of career adaptability and career engagement. Analysis of vignettes based on interviews with post-retirement-age workers from the aforementioned published research, demonstrates how the career engagement model can provide a practical conceptual framework for influencing policy and supporting career decision-making and lifelong career management for this cohort.

KeywordsCareer Engagement; Older Workers
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520106. Psychology of ageing
520199. Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
Lifecycle Strategies, Australia
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