Making the break work : a study of professional women's careers

Headlam-Wells, Jenny and Flynn, John (1999) Making the break work : a study of professional women's careers. The Regional Review, 8 (1). pp. 14-16. ISSN 1750-0974

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Abstract

Even among graduate professionals, men
and women continue to have different career
patterns. Men typically enjoy uninterrupted
careers, while women experience
discontinuous employment, with a career
break for family responsibilities (Hewitt,
1993).
A recent comprehensive study (Hakim,
1996) detected a sharp divide between
home-centred women and the minority of
career-oriented women for whom
employment is just as central to their lives
as it is for men. Other research (Michaels et
al. 1995) highlights the growing desire of
graduate women to return to the workplace
once they have completed their families.
The University of Lincolnshire and
Humberside has run ‘Professional Updating
for Women’ (PUW) courses to facilitate
this process since 1989, designed in
conjunction with the Women Returners’
Network and attracting funding from
Objective 3 of the European Social Fund

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Additional Information:Even among graduate professionals, men and women continue to have different career patterns. Men typically enjoy uninterrupted careers, while women experience discontinuous employment, with a career break for family responsibilities (Hewitt, 1993). A recent comprehensive study (Hakim, 1996) detected a sharp divide between home-centred women and the minority of career-oriented women for whom employment is just as central to their lives as it is for men. Other research (Michaels et al. 1995) highlights the growing desire of graduate women to return to the workplace once they have completed their families. The University of Lincolnshire and Humberside has run ‘Professional Updating for Women’ (PUW) courses to facilitate this process since 1989, designed in conjunction with the Women Returners’ Network and attracting funding from Objective 3 of the European Social Fund
Keywords:professional women's careers, women returner's, return to the workplace
Subjects:L Social studies > L321 Women's Studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:2897
Deposited By: Rosaline Smith
Deposited On:21 Jul 2010 14:41
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:41

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