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‘Non-traditional’ occupational choices - understanding the influences of and impact on family and other social relationships

How far are women’s decisions to pursue traditionally male areas of training and work embedded in family and other relationships?
January 2012 - January 2013

Investigator: Alison Andrew (Senior Lecturer, OU Faculty of Social Sciences)

The pilot study (2012-2013) aims to explore the impact of such decisions on those relationships, including the occupational decisions of others. The initial focus is on women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and on craft and technician-level training and occupations in SET, since these are under-researched compared with graduate-level professions. This initial phase will explore retrospectively the context of earlier career choices and the continuing impact these choices have had on family and other relationships.

Future development of the research may include a comparative focus on men in traditionally female areas of training and work such as personal services and care.

Image:US Mission Celebrates Girls in ICT Event with ITU by United States Mission Geneva, Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Learn more about the research programme: Intimate Relationships