An apple doesn't fall far from the tree - or does it? : occupational inheritance and teachers' career patterns

Gubler, Martin ; Biemann, Torsten ; Herzog, Silvio

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Vocational Behavior
Volume: 100
Page range: 1-14
Place of publication: Amsterdam [u.a.]
Publishing house: Elsevier
ISSN: 0001-8791 , 1095-9084
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL, Personalmanagement u. Führung (Biemann 2013-)
Subject: 330 Economics
Keywords (English): Career patterns , Career boundaries , Occupational inheritance , Sequence analysis , Optimal matching analysis
Abstract: Based on 15 years of employment and job mobility data from a sample of Swiss primary school teachers (N = 999 in three cohorts), we use optimal matching analysis (OMA) to identify six career patterns between the mid-1960s and the late 1990s. Thereby, we provide a rare historical perspective on career patterns in the last four decades of the 20th century. Results indicate that career patterns have not consistently become less stable between cohorts despite changes in socially constructed career boundaries, such as increasing occupational opportunities for women. Further, we examine whether or not occupational inheritance (i.e., the increased probability for children to follow their parents' profession) affects individual career patterns beyond the first vocational choice. We find that teacher graduates whose mothers also worked as teachers follow a stable teacher career pattern less frequently than graduates whose parents were not teachers. The article concludes with theoretical and methodological directions for future research on career patterns.

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