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Alive After AcademiaPost-Career Reflections of Social Work Educators$
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Spencer J. Zeiger

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190068189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190068189.001.0001

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Alive After Academia

Spencer James Zeiger

Oxford University Press

Study participants were asked if they would be willing to live their lives as social work educators again. Eighty-five percent responded that they definitely would. This chapter delineates the reasons for such a positive response, but also gives voice to the few who had negative reflections. Positive comments included the opportunity to follow one’s passion (they were able to answer a calling); having a positive impact on students (the most popular response); and collegial benefits (working with colleagues who share your values. But a few indicated that, if given the opportunity to relive their lives, they would have chosen other professions, such as becoming a fishing guide.

Keywords:   career evaluation, social work educators, retirement, calling, passion

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