The overarching research question is:-
After graduation, how do homeopaths and osteopaths negotiate building a career that is personally and financially sustainable, and continue to develop their professional knowledge and skills?
Detailed sub-questions include:
- In what ways has the regulatory, economic and policy environment affected this?
- To what extent are practitioners able to depend on their practice to support themselves and their families?
- What embodied, emotional and social impacts do attempts to maintain a high quality and successful practice have on them?
- In the absence of established career structures, what sort of professional and personal networks do practitioners draw on after leaving the educational environment?
- What sort of formal continuing professional development do graduates undertake?
- What is the role of self-directed and informal learning or ad hoc reflection in practice and what are the challenges in maintaining this?
- Is the embodied and reflexive approach to learning and development of expertise that is privileged in training maintained by practitioners post-qualification?
- What are the boundaries between personal and professional life in the learning and development that they undertake?
- What are the differences and similarities between the two professional groups?