Career Development and Trajectories

In navigating their careers, LGBTQ people must address concerns related to visibility and stigma. Understanding the issues and challenges that LGBTQ individuals navigate as they progress through their careers is important because it helps both persons and organizations to make decisions that will help them maximize career satisfaction and success. One way of achieving career success and satisfaction is to have a career that meets one’s needs. These needs can be psychological (e.g., experiencing autonomy and independence or acceptance and support at work) or economic (e.g., having a secure and stable employment situation). This entry discusses the career development and trajectories of LGBTQ workers as they manage the impact of the decision whether to disclose their sexual identity as they seek to achieve career ...

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