Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers
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Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers

Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden

This unique Research Handbook covers a wide range of issues that affect the careers of those in diverse groups: age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and transgender, as well as appearance. International experts from a variety of backgrounds contribute chapters in their given fields, reviewing current thinking, practices, initiatives and developments within the field, as well as presenting a wide-ranging and holistic coverage of the topic.
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Chapter 24: Religion and callings: the divine in careers

Edwina Pio, Robert Kilpatrick and Timothy Pratt

Abstract

Looking to discover what triggers people to positive change and generous self-determination, this chapter examines the complex terms of ‘careers’, ‘religion’ and ‘calling’ in discussing how meaning is generated for the individual. Three case studies, that of a Protestant minister of religion in New Zealand, an ex-Buddhist aid and development worker monk from Thailand, and an agnostic peace-builder in Armenia, are utilized to explore how these three diverse individuals draw meaning from their careers. Using the theory of career ideation, building a vocation on experienced events and practiced values and beliefs, the chapter explores how religion gives structure to those on the career journey and how their spirituality seeks for a sense of purpose in their ‘calling’. Identifying how ‘calling’ can be very empowering for those in roles not necessarily considered religious, the chapter concludes by suggesting that we all need to gain a sense of transcendence from the careers we choose.

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