Our lives are made up constant transitions. I am fascinated by the intersection of work, life, and intuitional issues involved as individuals make transitions and cross various boundaries (e.g., migration transition, unemployment transition, transition to self-employment, and retirement transition).
Dr. Jelena Zikic received her PhD from Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto and previous to that she studied at the London School of Economics where she earned her MSc in Social and Organizational Psychology. Her study focuses on career management issues, combining the individual as well as organizational perspective. In particular, Dr.Zikic developed her research program and expertise in career transitions, coping and career development theory. She has also developed part of her career internationally and is currently involved in several cross-cultural projects. At present, Dr. Zikic is working on three major projects and all three are founded by SSHRC. Her main focus is on studying career transitions of immigrant professionals, and examining both individual as well as structural barriers to their career success in the new labour market. Her international background and experience allow her to relate to diverse and increasingly globally-minded students at York University. Dr. Zikic has presented at national and international conferences and her work appeared in journals such as Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Relations, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Career Development International, and Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences among others. She is also the recipient of numerous research awards and commendations, including Verity International prize for the best paper, the Literati Award from the Emerald publishing for the Highly Commented Paper and she has also received Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research.