, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 291-304

Understanding Motivations of Sector Switchers

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Abstract

The motivation of “sector switchers”—individuals who move from one employment sector to another over the course of their careers—is under-researched. This exploratory study is a qualitative study of sector switchers. It uses interviews wit1h 50 such individuals to add depth to an understanding of motivation to work in government as well as other prosocial realms. Tentative conclusions include the identification of tensions between positive abstract ideas of service and neutral or negative views about government service, self-sacrifice, and working in a helping profession.