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
Early online date27 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2020
EventInternational Academic Conference on Global Education, Teaching and Learning Vienna, Austria 2019 - Seminarhotel Springer-Schlössl Betriebsges, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 29 Nov 201930 Nov 2019


  • Career
  • Choice
  • Maturity
  • Personality
  • Vocation


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