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Career Choice Process for a Male who is Considering Inheriting Family Career:A Narrative Research

By 黃盈彰 and Ying-Chang Huang


[[abstract]]The purposes of this study are to realize the developmental contexts of career themes of the narrator, who is considering inheriting family career, and how the culture and the society influence him to make the decision. Furthermore, the changes of his expectation on his ideal career in the future also reflected during the interviews. This study is based on one young male, who is 25 years old. There are ten interviews, sixteen hours in total. The methodologies thesis is narrative research. The narrative interview data is analyzed with the holistic-content method. Several findings according to the data analysis are as follows: 1.The career theme of the narrator, who is considering to inheriting family career, is “To find a complete self in the process of indentifying himself with the role of eldest son”. And the connotations of development contexts are as follows: (1) Early experiences during his childhood play important roles in the development contexts of career themes, and the experiences have powerful influence in shaping his narrative tone. (2) The reciprocal effects among his personal life roles mold his career pattern. (3) The development contexts of career themes are the process of searching resolutions to essential living problems. 2.These influences from social contexts are: “Male’s obligation towards families”, “Being a son with filial piety, he must become the successor of the family career”, “If other eldest sons can do it, you have to do it, too!” And the connotations of these are as follows: (1) Filial piety is extremely emphasized. (2) The stereotype of gender role: The successors of a family must be sons. (3) Pursuing diploma would be the only family approved alternative. (4) “Self” is confined to life roles constructed by social and cultural expectations. 3.His expectation of ideal career in the future was changed as follows. (1) During the sixteen-hour interview, the narrator gradually reconstructed his original viewpoint of being a successor into new one. Undertaking the family career is acceptable and even could be more meaningful than he had expected. (2) The long forgotten and neglected family history had the chance to be discussed and rediscovered. The narrator even got the chance to identify himself with the family spirit. (3)Through narration, people could get new insights. And these are anchor points and energies for the career development in the future. The narration is like an initiation empowers the narrator to have more confidence to follow his own will and in the meantime not to violate his social and cultural roles in a family.

Topics: 繼承家業;生涯選擇;敘事研究, inherting family career;career choice;narrative research, [[classification]]10
Year: 2011
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