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dc.contributor.authorMackenzie, Roberten_UK
dc.contributor.authorMarks, Abigailen_UK
dc.description.abstractThe article examines the relationship between restructuring and work-based identity among older workers, exploring occupational identity, occupational community and their roles in navigating transitions in the life course. Based on working-life biographical interviews with late career and retired telecoms engineers, the article explores the role of occupational identity in dealing with change prior to and following the end of careers at BT, the UK’s national telecommunications provider. Restructuring and perpetual organizational change undermined key aspects of the engineering occupational identity, inspiring many to seek alternative employment outside BT. For older workers, some seeking bridge employment in the transition to retirement, the occupational community not only served as a mechanism for finding work but also provided a sustained collective identity resource. Distinctively, the research points to a dialectical relationship between occupational identity and the navigation of change as opposed to the former simply facilitating the latteren_UK
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_UK
dc.relationMackenzie R & Marks A (2018) Older workers and occupational identity in the telecommunications industry: Navigating employment transitions through the life course (Forthcoming/Available Online). Work, Employment and Society.
dc.rightsThis article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
dc.subjectbridge employmenten_UK
dc.subjectlife courseen_UK
dc.subjectoccupational communityen_UK
dc.subjectoccupational identityen_UK
dc.subjectolder workersen_UK
dc.subjectorganizational identityen_UK
dc.titleOlder workers and occupational identity in the telecommunications industry: Navigating employment transitions through the life course (Forthcoming/Available Online)en_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleWork, Employment and Societyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderHeriot-Watt Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationKarlstad Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHeriot-Watt Universityen_UK
dc.description.refREF Eligible with Permitted Exceptionen_UK
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