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A longitudinal study of the school-to-work transition of early careerist healthcare managers


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In this exploratory longitudinal qualitative study, we examine the lived experiences of 12 graduates from a traditional undergraduate programme in health administration over two years during the school-to-work transition (STWT). Participants were interviewed prior to graduation, quarterly during the first year and semi-annually during the second year. They were questioned about their STWT experiences, with a particular focus on the socialisation process into their organisation and career area. Grounded theory analysis found that individuals define successful STWTs using objective (ie employment, promotion) and subjective measures (career adaptability, work satisfaction). Organisational and professional industry commitment are also considered measures of success in the STWT. Factors supporting successful STWT included organisational socialisation, organisational support, proactive socialisation, work competence, coaching and mentoring. An integrated model of the successful STWT from individual and organisational perspectives is provided, and recommendations are made for healthcare organisations aiming to improve STWT outcomes.

Keywords: mentorship; organisational socialisation; perceived organisational support; school-to-work transition

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Management and Policy, University of New Hampshire 2: Department of Recreation Management and Policy, University of New Hampshire

Publication date: January 1, 2021

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