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Career Changes Over the Lifespan - Chapter Summary
Up until about the late 20th century, staying in one career for 30 or 40 years was pretty common, but that trend no longer exists, as most people make career changes multiple times in their lives. This chapter addresses the psychological and social reasons that explain why people change careers over the course of their lifespans.
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- Describe how personal and social factors contribute to occupational choices
- Identify ways that occupational choices change over time
- Analyze different aspects of job satisfaction with older workers
- Check out Super's occupational development stages
- Define age diversity and provide examples of it in the workplace
- Examine discrimination and biases of age-based stereotypes
1. Factors Affecting Occupational Choice: Psychological, Social, Economic, and Cultural
Many factors affect a person's choice of occupation. Learn about the categories of factors: psychological, social, economic, and cultural, as well as an example of these factors in action.
2. How Occupational Choice Changes with Age
In this lesson, we will examine some of the reasons behind the occupational choices people make as they age. In one's youth, they just want a job for cash, but as they age, they begin to want more.
3. Job Satisfaction in Older Workers: Associated Factors
What do older people want from their job? How does working for your entire life change when you start getting older? What do average workers expect? This lesson explores all of these factors.
4. Super's Stages of Occupational Development: Definition & Examples
Donald Super devised a developmental stage theory involving one's personal growth, acquisition of skills, and general development towards working. We will explore those stages in this lesson.
5. Age Diversity in the Workplace: Definition, Trends & Examples
It is important that a workplace commits to diversity in terms of race, gender, and nation of origin, but also in relation to the age range of their workers. Learn more about the importance of age diversity in the workplace, trends and examples of the issue, and how the workplace can benefit from such diversity.
6. Stereotyping Age Differences in the Workplace: Bias & Discrimination
Everyone has been looked down on because of their age - whether you are young or old, you've likely felt this sting. In this lesson, we explore the three main rules for equal opportunity for older people, including how stereotyping and ageism can lead to issues in the workplace.
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- Health of the Aging Population
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- Effects of Aging on the Sensory System
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- Mental Health and Lifespan Development Disorders
- Cognitive, Behavioral & Psychological Assessments
- Age-Related Anxiety Disorders
- Substance Abuse Among Aging Populations
- Cognitive Disorders Related to Aging
- Mood & Stress Disorders Affecting the Aging Population
- Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders in Adults
- Relationships in Adulthood
- Retirement and Leisure in Adulthood
- Overview of Death, Dying & Bereavement
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