Young Indigenous Men's Work Narratives

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2013-04-22

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Spowart, Payden

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Little is known about the unique experiences of Indigenous people in their work life journeys. In particular, there has been very little research with young males on this topic. In this qualitative study, eight young Indigenous men shared their stories regarding their search for and engagement in work, and completed an exploration of their Possible Selves. The research question was "what are the supports, challenges, and obstacles experienced as you search for and maintain work?" Thematic analysis identified four meta-themes related to their work life experiences: relational supports; work experiences; education; and culture and work. The results have important implications for theory, research and practice in regards to work and career development with young Indigenous men.

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Indigenous, Young Adult, Work Life, Career Counselling, Aboriginal, Employment, Men, Support, Challenge, Obstacle

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