A1 Journal article (refereed)
The meaning of difficulties in career narratives : the case of sports graduates (2023)

Jama, K.-M., Tynjälä, P., Aarto-Pesonen, L., Malinen, A., & Hämäläinen, R. (2023). The meaning of difficulties in career narratives : the case of sports graduates. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10775-023-09618-7

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Publication details

All authors or editorsJama, Kaisa-Mari; Tynjälä, Päivi; Aarto-Pesonen, Leena; Malinen, Anita; Hämäläinen, Raija

Journal or seriesInternational Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance



Publication year2023

Publication date01/08/2023

VolumeEarly online


Publication countryNetherlands

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/88597


As the careers of today are no longer typically stable and predictable, people should expect to encounter many challenges during their working life. The present study aimed to explore the meaning of difficulties in modern career-themed life narratives. A total of 54 Finnish sports graduates’ narratives were analysed using reflexive thematic analysis to identify the meanings attributed to difficulties. Findings revealed that difficulties both shaped the plot and initiated multiple types of reflections in the narratives. The paper suggests that difficulties should be considered as a meaningful part of career narratives and discusses the application of the findings in career counselling.

Keywordscareerworking lifecareer developmentnarrativitychallenges

Free keywordsmeaning of difficulties; career narrative; reflexive thematic analysis

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2023

JUFO rating1

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