Title page for ETD etd-03262003-083517
|Type of Document
||Ulrich, Lorene Burns
|Author's Email Address
||Older Workers and Bridge Employment: An Exploratory Study
||Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
|Fortune, Jimmie C.
|Hohenshil, Thomas H.
|Brott, Pamelia E.
|Roberto, Karen A.
- bridge jobs
- older workers
- late career
- grounded theory
|Date of Defense
Using grounded theory methodology, the purpose of the study was to examine
the transition experiences of older workers who retired from their long-term
careers and who were working in bridge jobs. After interviewing 24 participants,
a theory emerged that describes the decision to seek a bridge job, the strategies
used, the problems faced, and the benefits received. The decision to retire
is connected with the decision to seek a bridge job. Participants planned but
mainly focused on their finances; no participant sought help from a career counseling
professional. They faced challenges such as age discrimination and problems
switching to a new position. Participants reported that they live a more balanced
life and enjoy their bridge job. The core theme from the study is bridge employment
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