Career pathways into retirement in the UK: linking older women’s pasts to the present

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@article{a7b5c6e877314e35acbea64050289634,
title = "Career pathways into retirement in the UK: linking older women{\textquoteright}s pasts to the present",
abstract = "Understanding of how women{\textquoteright}s experiences in retirement are shaped by their pre-retirement lives is limited. In this paper we utilise an innovative mix of measures to examine the link between career histories and expectations and experiences of retirement. Analysis of timeline data capturing the long working lives of a sample of older women identifies five different pathways into retirement. We explore these trajectories in detail to determine how they are shaped and their links to different outcomes in later life. The analysis shows how different career histories unfold and how they shape expectations and experiences of retirement. Long, professional career pathways leave women feeling enabled in retirement, women following more fragmented pathways are more constrained and some trajectories, including pathways involving transitions into professional careers in later life, can leave older women financially and emotionally vulnerable in older age.",
author = "Fiona Carmichael and Joanne Duberley",
year = "2016",
month = nov,
doi = "10.1111/gwao.12144",
language = "English",
volume = "23",
pages = "582--599",
journal = "Gender, Work and Organization",
issn = "0968-6673",
publisher = "Wiley",
number = "6",

}

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Career pathways into retirement in the UK: linking older women’s pasts to the present

AU - Carmichael, Fiona

AU - Duberley, Joanne

PY - 2016/11

Y1 - 2016/11

N2 - Understanding of how women’s experiences in retirement are shaped by their pre-retirement lives is limited. In this paper we utilise an innovative mix of measures to examine the link between career histories and expectations and experiences of retirement. Analysis of timeline data capturing the long working lives of a sample of older women identifies five different pathways into retirement. We explore these trajectories in detail to determine how they are shaped and their links to different outcomes in later life. The analysis shows how different career histories unfold and how they shape expectations and experiences of retirement. Long, professional career pathways leave women feeling enabled in retirement, women following more fragmented pathways are more constrained and some trajectories, including pathways involving transitions into professional careers in later life, can leave older women financially and emotionally vulnerable in older age.

AB - Understanding of how women’s experiences in retirement are shaped by their pre-retirement lives is limited. In this paper we utilise an innovative mix of measures to examine the link between career histories and expectations and experiences of retirement. Analysis of timeline data capturing the long working lives of a sample of older women identifies five different pathways into retirement. We explore these trajectories in detail to determine how they are shaped and their links to different outcomes in later life. The analysis shows how different career histories unfold and how they shape expectations and experiences of retirement. Long, professional career pathways leave women feeling enabled in retirement, women following more fragmented pathways are more constrained and some trajectories, including pathways involving transitions into professional careers in later life, can leave older women financially and emotionally vulnerable in older age.

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DO - 10.1111/gwao.12144

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VL - 23

SP - 582

EP - 599

JO - Gender, Work and Organization

JF - Gender, Work and Organization

SN - 0968-6673

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