Looking forward to going back? The experience of career decision-making for first-time mothers and the implications for coaches

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Noon, H. and Van Nieuwerburgh, C. 2020. Looking forward to going back? The experience of career decision-making for first-time mothers and the implications for coaches. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. 18 (1), pp. 88-102. https://doi.org/10.24384/hqe5-4803
AuthorsNoon, H. and Van Nieuwerburgh, C.
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The career penalty for professional women who become mothers is well known, while research scrutiny of career decision-making itself appears to have been largely overlooked. This study explores the experience of six London-based professional women, using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) techniques to develop insights into the high-commitment behaviours which underpin female professional career identity; the effects of group norms, cultural messages and employer practices on women’s decision-making; and, the solitary experience of establishing new narratives as a professional mother. It develops insights and implications for organisations and the coaching profession, to better support new mothers with their career decisions.

JournalInternational Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring
Journal citation18 (1), pp. 88-102
ISSN1741-8305
Year2020
PublisherOxford Brookes University
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.24384/hqe5-4803
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Accepted10 Dec 2019
Deposited12 Feb 2020
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