Millennial career-identities: re-evaluating social identification and intergenerational relations

Kathryn A. Boyle*

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Abstract

This article extends generational literature by investigating the self-perceptions of U.K. based Millennials on how they formed their career-identities within intra- and inter-generational interactions (n = 36). Thematic analysis of interviews indicated that participants engaged in personal identification more than generational identification, interacting with both contemporaneous and older generations to co-produce and role model their career-identities. These findings challenge normative readings of sociological perspectives on generations which emphasize divergence and weakening ties between generations. Rather, findings suggest that an integrative framework provides a more appropriate theoretical lens for conceptualizing generational career-identities, incorporating kinship perspectives on interactive relationships within and across generations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Early online date1 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • career identity
  • Millennials
  • social identity
  • role modelling
  • kinship

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