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Career Choice in Management and Entrepreneurship

Career Choice in Management and Entrepreneurship

A Research Companion

Edited by Mustafa F. Özbilgin and Ayala Malach-Pines

Although a large and steadily growing research literature attests to an interest in management and entrepreneurship, little research has focused on comparative assessment of the career choices and trajectories of managers and entrepreneurs. This timely book fills the gap by presenting an assessment of early influences on the career choice of managers and entrepreneurs, their attitudes at the start of their careers as students, and in their later employment experiences.

Chapter 9: What Motivates People from Business-related Careers to Change to Teaching?

Paul W. Richardson, Helen M.G. Watt and Nicole M. Tysvaer

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, management education, education, management education


Paul W. Richardson, Helen M.G. Watt and Nicole M. Tysvaer INTRODUCTION It is commonplace to observe that people who switch from one career to another do so for a variety of reasons. These may relate to remuneration, job security, the need to develop and challenge oneself, a desire to develop new skills and abilities, a quest for new experiences, to address a set of personal goals, or various combinations of these and other less well-articulated reasons. At its base, in any career change is some level of recognition that the current occupation is not a good fit for the individual. The process may involve a ‘push’ out of the present career, necessitating the search for new options. It may alternatively entail a ‘pull’ into another career and consequently away from the career currently being pursued. When a change to teaching requires further education, loss of income for at least a year, and is accompanied by a decline in occupational prestige, which is often the case when people leave business-related careers, then we might ask why people would choose such a course of action. The motivations, aspirations and profiles of career switchers to teaching have been the subject of sporadic research interest across different countries over the last two decades (Serow and Forrest, 1994; Mayotte, 2003; Priyadharshini and Robinson-Pant, 2003; Richardson and Watt, 2005). These researchers have all suggested that for people who choose to move to teaching, the rewards of salary and career prestige are not a high...

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