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The retirement experiences of women academics: a qualitative, descriptive study

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Show simple item record Cahill, Mairéad Galvin, Rose Pettigrew, Judith 2021-06-30T10:45:37Z 2021-06-30T10:45:37Z 2021
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Retirement is now considered a process rather than a single event. Pathways to retirement are evolving and the retirement experiences of academics are becoming increasingly relevant given the aging academic workforce in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) worldwide. Academic retirement studies highlight that most academics continue to work in retirement. However, gender tends to be overlooked. Based on semi-structured interviews with eleven retired women academics, ranging in age from 64 to 73 years of age, who were employed in the Republic of Ireland, this article explores the impact of retirement on their daily lives and their personal and professional relationships. Following thematic analysis, four main themes were identified: (i) the impact of retirement on identity, (ii) the freedom of retirement, (iii) striving for health and wellbeing and (iv) the value of ongoing professional relationships in retirement. The majority of women continued to engage in meaningful work (paid or unpaid) which was central to their daily lives and identity following retirement. Three academics, in senior roles, who had long uninterrupted careers and who had strong research track records experienced dissatisfaction with mandatory retirement yet were able to continue research activities in retirement. Those with less research activity were more likely to retire early and describe the impact of stress and fatigue upon their health. Together, the findings illustrate that women academic’s retirement pathways are heterogeneous. The findings have implications for the academic profession, human resource and retirement planning professionals en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Educational Gerontology;
dc.subject Retirement en_US
dc.subject academics en_US
dc.title The retirement experiences of women academics: a qualitative, descriptive study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/03601277.2021.1929266
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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