Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 145–166 | Cite as

Work, careers, and aging

  • David A. Karp
  • William C. Yoels


This article relates the literature on work and profession to that on aging as a life-long process. The authors maintain that meanings attached to chronological age arise, in large measure, out of the work experience. An individual's career frames expectations about what he/she should be doing at different ages and thus serves as a yardstick against which to measure life process. Five stages of the work career are identified: (1) preparation and exploration, (2) learning the ropes, (3) coming to grips, (4) settling in, and (5) exiting.


Social Psychology Work Experience Social Issue Cross Cultural Psychology Large Measure 
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© Human Sciences Press 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. Karp
    • 1
  • William C. Yoels
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyBoston CollegeBoston
  2. 2.Department of SociologyWayne State UniversityUSA

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