Congratulations to the following member who has recently completed doctoral studies:
Name: Alison Herron
Title: Male engineers extending working life: issues in ongoing professional practice development
Institution: Swinburne University of Technology
Supervisors: Professor Nita Cherry, Associate Professor Libby Brooke,
Associate Professor Patricia Buckley
In an era of increasing expectation for baby boomers to extend their working lives, I explored issues of professional practice in late career in this thesis. Drawing on first-hand experiences and insights of mature-age male professional engineers and theoretical perspectives from several disciplines, the thesis links the external dynamics and tensions of mature professional practice with inner developmental transitions and tensions of later adulthood. A major contribution is the recommendation to professional associations that the distinctive issues of working in late career need to be reflected in continuing professional development to capitalise on the potential of mature practitioners in their workplaces.