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Emerging AdulthoodThe Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties$
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Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199929382

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929382.001.0001

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More Than a Job

(p.169) Chapter 7 Work
Emerging Adulthood

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Oxford University Press

In this chapter the focus is on how emerging adults go about searching for satisfying work. It is emphasized that the ideal for emerging adults is finding a job that clicks with their developing identity. However, relatively few pursue this ideal in a systematic way, and many take a job of any kind in order to pay their bills. Next is a look at variations in being ready to make a long-term decision about work. Unemployment prevalence among young people is discussed, including the basis for it. This is followed by a section describing influences on job choice, especially the complex influences parents can have, and a section describing the dreams that some emerging adults have for an alluring and sometimes elusive work ideal. The chapter ends with a section on work and identity that attempts to integrate the previous material into a theoretical framework.

Keywords:   work, identity, emerging adulthood, unemployment, job choice

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