The link between age, career goals, and adaptive development for work-related learning among local government employees

Tones, Megan J., Pillay, Hitendra K., & Kelly, Kathy (2011) The link between age, career goals, and adaptive development for work-related learning among local government employees. Journal of Career Assessment, 19(1), pp. 92-110.

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More recently, lifespan development psychology models of adaptive development have been applied to the workforce to investigate ageing worker and lifespan issues. The current study uses the Learning and Development Survey (LDS) to investigate employee selection and engagement of learning and development goals and opportunities and constraints for learning at work in relation to demographics and career goals. It was found that mature age was associated with perceptions of preferential treatment of younger workers with respect to learning and development. Age was also correlated with several career goals. Findings suggest that younger workers’ learning and development options are better catered for in the workplace. Mature aged workers may compensate for unequal learning opportunities at work by studying for an educational qualification or seeking alternate job opportunities. The desire for a higher level job within the organization or educational qualification was linked to engagement in learning and development goals at work. It is suggested that an understanding of employee perceptions in the workplace in relation to goals and activities may be important in designing strategies to retain workers.

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ID Code: 43592
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: work-related learning, career goals, retirement, training and development, lifespan development, selective optimization with compensation, developmental regulation
DOI: 10.1177/1069072710382618
ISSN: 1069-0727
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2011 23:34
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 09:37

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