Positive Approaches to Mid-Life Careers

Sung Kyung Yoo, Hyjin Lee

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This chapter discusses positive approaches to mid-career or mid-life career transition. To understand mid-career transition, a review of the evolution of the notion of mid-career from a time of maintenance to a time of transition is presented. The chapter tries to differentiate the mid-career transition and the mid-life transition. In spite of the substantial overlap between the two concepts, the experiences of the mid-career transition and the mid-life career transition are distinct. The second theme is the review of the relevant theories that contribute to the understanding of mid-career transition. The last theme of the chapter is the promotion of a positive approach to mid-career transition at both individual and organizational levels. Although the mid-career transition is recognized as an insecure and vulnerable experience, individuals can approach it positively if they are prepared to be self-directed and value-driven.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Positivity and Strengths-Based Approaches at Work
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781118977620
ISBN (Print)9781118977651
StatePublished - 22 Sep 2016


  • Mid-career transition
  • Mid-life career transition
  • Mid-life crisis theory
  • Self-directed individuals
  • Value-driven individuals


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