` John Arnold has written a book which will serve well any student or new practitioner in the area of career management, both in terms of explaining how thinking has developed, and in looking forward to the complexities of the future' - Career Path, Institute Personnel and Development `This book has two purposes for education leaders. It provides understanding of the world of pupils will be moving into. More urgently, because it is not yet sufficiently recognised, it provides a framework for us to consider what is happening to teachers’ careers now’ - School Leadership The book will appeal to several different audiences, particularly those taking human resource modules in MBA and other postgraduate management courses, undergraduates taking special modules in university business schools or psychology departments, and all practising human resource managers, particularly those concerned with career management and (in the UK) those taking the IPD option on career management. The book is not primarily a do-it-yourself career manual, but nevertheless contains much that will assist people to manage their own careers better.
Chapter 8: Work-Role Transitions
Back in 1982, Meryl Reis Louis lamented the lack of attention paid to managing the process of changing jobs. All the effort seemed to go into mapping out long-term career paths (an activity Louis suggested was rather unrealistic) and very short-term efforts to obtain a job. She went on (1982, p. 69):
I believe that the critical middle range between finding a job and moving along a career path has not been adequately addressed in career development – especially lacking is guidance in adapting to the new job and the organization. Inattention to such middle-range activities has resulted in serious limitations in the practice of career planning and development.
Since 1982 there has been considerable progress towards rectifying the blind spot identified by Louis. ...