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 30: Declining career prospects as ‘transition loss’? On the career development of transgender employees

Thomas Köllen

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the specific issues that trans-persons face in their career development. For many transgender employees, the decision to initiate their transition brings with it a potential career setback, and, quite often, a subsequent ongoing socio-economic decline. In this chapter the current state of research on this issue is discussed alongside the case of Andrea, a trans-women, who had her transition while she held a management position in a multinational. Her case shows the enormous personal strength and/or the substantial and consequent organizational support needed to ensure that a transition does not lead to the end of the employee’s career. Based on these insights, practical implications for both individuals who are about to begin, or who are within their transition, and their employers are discussed, and several recommendations for both are derived.

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