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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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Preparation for the Next Stage of Life

Preparation for the Next Stage of Life

(p.9) 1 Preparation for the Next Stage of Life
Alive After Academia

Spencer James Zeiger

Oxford University Press

In what ways have their careers in social work education prepared them for the next stage of their life? Drawing on their vast reservoir of academic experience, participants in this study identified factors that prepared them for leading a meaningful life after a career in social work education. Entering post-academic life presents an opportunity to reflect on one’s life work and explore connections, and strengths-based connections to the future. In this chapter, participants discuss seven (often intersecting) elements of their careers in social work education that prepared them for The Next Chapter: general life skills; self-reflection and self-awareness; social connections; sensitivity toward the “other”; social justice; mental and physical health; and aging. Personal reflections from the author regarding preparation for life beyond academia are also included.

Keywords:   retirement, transition, academia, social work education, aging, social justice, self-awareness

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