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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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Decision Time

Decision Time

A Multipronged Approach

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Alive After Academia

Spencer James Zeiger

Oxford University Press

The word retirement carries negative connotations, so it comes as no surprise that study participants preferred the term The Next Chapter. Do we really have to “go out to pasture”? Or have our careers primed us to enter an exciting stage of life, perhaps a synthesis of everything we have experienced up to this point in time? Wouldn’t it be great if we could look forward and enjoy a newly enhanced life? Seize the day! This chapter covers how participants decided to depart from academia; how they knew when to make the move; precipitating events that occurred; and any conflicts they experienced in making the decision.

Keywords:   retirement, academia, social work educator, decision, aging

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