Career aspirations of older workers: An Australian study

Pillay, Hitendra K., Kelly, Kathy, & Tones, Megan J. (2006) Career aspirations of older workers: An Australian study. International Journal of Training and Development, 10(4), pp. 298-305.

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Global challenges associated with the ageing workforce include lower levels of education and negative attitudes of older workers towards learning and covert age discrimination in the workplace. This report discusses initial findings from a survey of older workers employed in regional areas in Australia. The older workers surveyed were predominantly blue collar with low levels of formal education. Contrary to the stereotypical views, there were few attitude differences between older (>40 years) and younger workers (≤40 years). However, gender, education level and job type had a greater impact on attitudes in the older workers when compared to their younger colleagues.

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ID Code: 8916
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Mature workers, Careers, Work climate, Empowerment
ISSN: 1360-3736
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at
Deposited On: 08 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:21

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