One career, two identities: an assessment of gay men's career trajectory

Raymond Nam Cam Trau (Centre for Business Research, Deakin University, Malvern, Australia)
Charmine E.J. Härtel (Centre for Business Research, Deakin University, Malvern, Australia)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Publication date: 1 December 2004

Abstract

Most of the research on career development of sexual minorities focuses on lesbians. Gay men, on the other hand, have received little attention in the literature as it is assumed that they face fewer difficulties in career development because they are men. This paper redresses this gap by presenting an analysis of the impact of sexual identity on the career development of gay men, drawing on both a literature review of the literature on sexual identity, gay organizational studies and career development and the results of a recent interview study. In accord with other literature, the study demonstrates that gay men, like other sexual minorities, are confronted with a conflict between personal and career needs, and have to deal with society's expectations and intolerance towards homosexuality. Suggestions are given for research that will lead to a deeper understanding of the career decisions and attitudes of gay men.

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Nam Cam Trau, R. and Härtel, C. (2004), "One career, two identities: an assessment of gay men's career trajectory", Career Development International, Vol. 9 No. 7, pp. 627-637. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620430410570338

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