Published December 5, 2020 | Version v1
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Women's Career Path: An Ecological Perspective

  • 1. Innorenew CoE
  • 2. Univerza na Primorskem, Pedagoška fakulteta


The purpose of our research was to identify the factors that influence women's career decisions when choosing a "non-traditional" career path. We were interested in whether looking through an ecological perspective would be more accurate in identifying the factors influencing career path design. We decided to study the case as our purpose was to identify and discover concrete characteristics and factors that influenced the interviewee to decide on a career path that is not common for girls. We chose the semi-structured interview method according to the characteristics of qualitative analysis. The analysis procedure was then repeated using the ecosystem method. The first analysis provided an answer to our question and revealed the decisive factors in the career path. The ecological model has shown these factors in more detail, with emphasis on the relational aspect between systems. The groups of theories of professional choice that we know are given in the theoretical starting points. The second part describes the basics of Ecological Systems Theory, which is the basis for the third part of the article, which describes the method and analysis of research, results, and interpretation of results. Research has shown, among other things, that we can rely most on theories that link individual development as an interaction with the environment. If we want to understand the career path of a person, we need to get to know the relational aspect between the systems that influenced the person and vice versa. It turns out that we also influence events in our environment.


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