The way of professional identity: gender features

  • N. O. Kodatska University of customs and finance
Keywords: gender differences, maternity leave, cultural and historical barriers, socialization, building a career


The mechanism of formation of the professional identity on the level of personality and during the further development of the individual has been described in the article. Main gender differences of the process of self-determination which is not limited only by the choice of profession, but continues during the professional development have been described. The concept of socialization as a process of identity formation in contemporary social conditions and career building process has been studied. This concept is a multifunctional social-psychological phenomenon. Moreover, it has been proven during the research that the problem of professional identity has very big practical importance as it is one of the key social, psychological and educational processes in human activity during a career building. Cultural, historical, political, legal, individual psychological and socio-demographic barriers to women’s professional realisation have been studied. The conclusions has been made that in order to maintain the gender parity in society, the opportunity to balance successfully between work and family responsibilities is extremely important both for women and men. It has been emphasized that support of equal rights and opportunities for both sexes requires special governmental mechanism. Basic gender features of a professional career have been revealed in the article and their impact on personal career has been analyzed. Also the features of the role in socialization and the formation of gender identity have been defined. In addition, the necessity to ensure equal opportunities for professional and individual self-determination regardless gender, age, nationality or social origin has been grounded. Also it has been noted that the introduction of gender parity in educational institutions and enterprises of all forms of ownership provides a number of advantages, among which the main are: improvement of the quality of selection for employment; provision of equal opportunities for ideal balance between work and family responsibilities; improvement of the moral and psychological climate in labor collectives; professional efficiency of employees, regardless of gender. It has been determined that the nature of professional self-determination is a conscious choice of profession, according to characteristics and capacity requirements of professional and socio-economic conditions. It has been demonstrated that professional self-determination is an important characteristic of social and psychological maturity of individuals, their needs for self-realization and self-actualization.


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How to Cite
Kodatska, N. O. (2017). The way of professional identity: gender features. Scientific and Theoretical Almanac Grani, 20(1), 21-26.