In a webinar on 9 December, Professor Herminia Ibarra shared her ground-breaking research into how successful career change happens, and how the process of change differs at different stages of your life. Professor Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behaviour at London Business School.

If you attended the event and would like to conduct some further reading, or if you couldn’t make it but you would like to learn more about career changes, you can use your free Alumni Library Online (ALO) service to stay informed.

Here are just a few examples of the sort of related articles you can read in the ALO databases to help you take the next step in your career:

In ABI/Inform Global
Marcel, B. (2018, 12). Career change? What you need to sink or swim. Talent Management Excellence Essentials.

McMahon, M., Watson, M., & Zietsman, L. (2018). Adults changing careers through university education: Making meaning of quantitative career assessment scores through an integrative structured interview. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 44.

Isovitsch Parks, S.,L., & Dietz, L. J. (2017). Mid-career change: Benefits and challenges of leaving industry for academia. American Society for Engineering Education-ASEE.

Caltagirone Karpacz, H. (2017). Career transitions of women leaders: An exploration of why women leave senior leadership positions.[PhD thesis].

In EBSCO Business Source Complete
Egan, K.S. (2017) How Random Conversations Can Change Your Career. Fortune.com. 4/4/2017, p1.

Barclay, S. R., Stoltz, K. B., & Chung, Y. B. (2011). Voluntary Midlife Career Change: Integrating the Transtheoretical Model and the Life-Span, Life-Space Approach. Career Development Quarterly, 59(5), pp. 386–399.

In Emerald
Bocciardi, F., Caputo, A., Fregonese, C., Langher, V. and Sartori, R. (2017), Career adaptability as a strategic competence for career development: An exploratory study of its key predictors, European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 41 No. 1, pp. 67-82.

Slay Ferraro, H., Prussia, G. and Mehrotra, S. (2018), The impact of age norms on career transition intentions, Career Development International, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 212-229.

Kalfon Hakhmigari, M., Michaeli, Y., J. Dickson, D., Scharf, M. and Shulman, S. (2019), Personality maturation among emerging adults and future career success, Career Development International, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 146-162.

Woolnough, H. and Redshaw, J. (2016), The career decisions of professional women with dependent children: What’s changed?, Gender in Management, Vol. 31 No. 4, pp. 297-311.

Muja, N. and Appelbaum, S.H. (2012), Cognitive and affective processes underlying career change, Career Development International, Vol. 17 No. 7, pp. 683-701.

In Sage

Bamber, M., Allen-Collinson, J., & McCormack, J. (2017). Occupational limbo, transitional liminality and permanent liminality: New conceptual distinctions. Human Relations, 70(12), pp. 1514–1537.

Budtz-Jørgensen, J., Johnsen, C. G., & Sørensen, B. M. (2019). Against boundarylessness: The liminal career of the flexible employee. Organization, 26(6), pp. 917–935.

Kulkarni, M. (2020). Holding on to let go: Identity work in discontinuous and involuntary career transitions. Human Relations, 73(10), pp. 1415–1438.

Vogelsang, E. M., Shultz, K. S., & Olson, D. A. (2018). Emotional Well-Being Following a Later Life Career Change: The Roles of Agency and Resources. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 87(4), pp. 327–346.

Hoyer, P., & Steyaert, C. (2015). Narrative identity construction in times of career change: Taking note of unconscious desires. Human Relations, 68(12), pp. 1837–1863.

Donohue, R. (2014). Holland’s constructs in relation to career persistence and career change: A study of Australian managerial and professional workers. Australian Journal of Management, 39(2), pp. 167–189.

Open Access articles in ScienceDirect from Elsevier
Although Elsevier do not generally permit alumni access to ScienceDirect material, don’t forget there are many articles available via open access (the author has paid to allow their article to be publicly available without subscription).

Here are some examples of open access articles in this subject area with direct links to the full text:

Carlos Carrillo-Tudela, Bart Hobijn, Powen She, Ludo Visschers. (2016) The extent and cyclicality of career changes: Evidence for the U.K. Economic Review, Vol 84, pp. 18-41.

Guri Medici, Cécile Tschopp, Gudela Grote, Andreas Hirschi. (2020) Grass roots of occupational change: Understanding mobility in vocational careers. Journal of Vocational Behavior, Vol 122.

Sherry E. Sullivan, Akram Al Ariss. (2021) Making sense of different perspectives on career transitions: A review and agenda for future research. Human Resource Management Review, Vol 31, Issue 1.

Want to hear more from the keynote speaker?
If you are interested in more research from Professor Herminia Ibarra check out her website which includes a list of her books and podcasts.