Older Workers and Bridge Employment: An Exploratory Study

by Ulrich, Lorene Burns

Abstract (Summary)

Using grounded theory methodology, the purpose of the study was to examine the transition experiences of older workers who retired from their long-term careers and who were working in bridge jobs. After interviewing 24 participants, a theory emerged that describes the decision to seek a bridge job, the strategies used, the problems faced, and the benefits received. The decision to retire is connected with the decision to seek a bridge job. Participants planned but mainly focused on their finances; no participant sought help from a career counseling professional. They faced challenges such as age discrimination and problems switching to a new position. Participants reported that they live a more balanced life and enjoy their bridge job. The core theme from the study is bridge employment redefines retirement.

Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Pamelia Brott; Karen Roberto; Dale Conrad; Jimmie Fortune; Tom Hohenshil

School:Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

School Location:USA - Virginia

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:educational leadership and policy studies


Date of Publication:04/04/2003

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