A phenomenological investigation into the lived experiences of Air Force retirees finding a job as they transition to the civilian work force

by Moton, Henry L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2014, 174 pages; 3643037

Abstract:

The exploration of military members finding a job and transferring back to the civilian work force has been the subject of widespread research. However, the literature is woefully inadequate on information pertaining to the lived experiences of Air Force retirees in finding a job as they transition to the civilian work force. This study supplemented the knowledge in this research area by examining Air Force retirees' experiences to assist civilian employers in effectively utilizing the capabilities and understanding the experiences of the transitioning retirees. The research question guiding the study was, What are the lived experiences of Air Force retirees in finding a job as they transition to the civilian work force? The researcher used telephonic semistructured, tape-recorded interviews to capture the lived experiences of 20 Air Force retirees in finding a job as they transition to the civilian work force. The researcher used Moustakas' modified van Kaam method for data analysis. Four themes emerged from the data analyses that were key to a successful experience: personal skills, military experience, preparation, and networking. Because research in this area is limited, this study can contribute immensely to the body of knowledge for future researchers to use and build upon. It contributed to the enhanced knowledge of business leaders and corporations in understanding Air Force retirees' experiences, which can result in growth and profitability. Future research could look at officers versus enlisted members, level of education, or technical versus nontechnical specialties in the Air Force retiree's search for employment in the civilian work force.

AdviserStephanie Fraser-Beekman
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Military studies
Publication Number3643037

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