Vocation and volition: career choice narratives

James Moir*

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Psychological models have portrayed career choice narratives in terms of personality dimensions or socio-cognitive reasoning processes. In contrast to these approaches, the research reported on in this study employs a conversation analytic perspective in order to examine the deployment of career choice narratives in terms of intelligibility and accountability. Nursing students on a degree programme were interviewed about their career choice. The responses given are examined for the display of membership categories in terms of personality characteristics commonly associated with nursing as a vocational choice. In addition, the students’ accounts are considered as a means of publicly displaying their volition in terms of a reasoned process involving having made a career choice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-20
Number of pages12
JournalAcademic Journal of International Education Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


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