Narratives of professional identity


"Narrative matters, the end."

The opening of the Narrative Matters Conference in Victoria included the above quote from Shelagh Rogers, Chancellor of the University of Victoria.  Many faculty and associate faculty at Royal Roads provided glimpses of their research related to narratives at this international conference. Associate faculty Kathie Ross explores the importance of professional identity for women Chartered Professional Accountants in Canada. Presenting her work at both the Alternative Accounts Conference in Ottawa and the Narrative Matters Conference in Victoria, she discussed the differing constraints and possibilities that arose depending on whether the professional identity was paramount, proportional or pragmatic to other identities for these women.  The narratives, brought out through oral history interviews revealed as many differences as similarities among the women. This supports other research indicating that work-life balance provisions are best provided on an individual basis as one size does not fit all.