What shapes the pathway of becoming an elderly care worker? Young Workers’ perspective
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Institute of Sociology, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Lithuania
Submission date: 2023-04-26
Final revision date: 2023-10-06
Acceptance date: 2023-10-21
Online publication date: 2024-04-02
Publication date: 2024-04-02
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Laimute Zalimiene   

Institute of Sociology, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Goštauto 9, 08113, Vilnius, Lithuania
Elderly care is becoming more and more recognized job in an aging society. The aim of this article is to reveal how young workers in elderly care describe and interpret the process of entering the field of elderly care and provide insights into how this knowledge could support the development of strategies for youth involvement in the sector. The study, based on qualitative research strategy, developed the concept of pathway leading young workers (both men and women) to the elderly care work. The concept consisted of three sections in the pathway: points of departure, society filters that either push or hinder entering elderly care work, and preconditions/factors that are important in the process of choosing the work. A gender gap exists in each section of the pathway to this the carer choice. The results of the study not only reveal the variety of factors influencing job choice in a comprehensive manner but also emphasize the importance of analyzing these factors within the context of personal identity and professional fulfilment searches.
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