Complexities in the career-family perspectives of young professionals

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Centre for Applied Social Research RMIT
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Labour and Industry: a journal of the social and eco..., 2005, 16 (2), pp. 61 - 80
Issue Date:
2005-01
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Work-life balance issues are not a constant but are framed differently at different stages of the life-course. In addition to analysing behaviour, it is also important to develop an understanding of the meaning that actors attach to what they do. This article examines the perspectives o/young Australian professionals on career, relationships andfamilyformation as these evolve over the early years after university graduation. It provides an insight into their views about the balance between their career goals and family in the early years of their professional working lives. It reports a longitudinal study of86young Australian professionalsfrom 1997 to 2003, which highlights the emergent andcontingent nature ofdecisions about careers and relationships andtheir relevancefor childbearing. Genderplays a role in their plans and expectations but they reject the traditional male breadwinner model. The high value given to dual career relationships may put stress on their ability to balance family aspirations with satisfactory careers.
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