Successful adjustment to an unanticipated job loss: the experience of middle-aged professionals
The purpose of this study was to examine the question "What is the experience of successfully adjusting to an unanticipated job loss?" To open up this question a hermeneutic phenomenological research method, that integrates descriptions and interpretations, was used. Seven middle-aged professionals, who perceived themselves as having successfully adjusted to their job loss, were selected to participate in the study. Data sources included: personal experiences, etymological sources, and phenomenological literature. The main data source, however, was obtained from in-depth interview descriptions of the lived experiences of the participants. The following themes emerged: initial feelings, loss of a way of life, loss of self, embracing support, being empowered, experiencing a transformation, and life-career success. A description of job loss and successfully adjusting is presented. Implications for counsellors are discussed. Contributions of the study are provided. Recommendations for further research are explored. Finally, the study concludes with a description of the implicated researcher.
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