Labour-Market Flexibility and Individual Careers - A Comparative Study
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The author’s detailed assessment is based on a comparison of the structural contexts, work orientations and employment histories of nurses and ICT technicians in Germany and the UK. These two core service occupations, as well as the national contexts of the two European nations, have quite different working environments and vocational traditions. Nursing is an institutionalized semi-profession with clear criteria of qualification and career continuity, while information and communication technology (ICT) is a new, evolving field with varied skill backgrounds and high job mobility.
To arrive at an understanding of how individual career trajectories are changing, this book closely examines the interplay of labour market demands, employees’ work and career orientations and the development of their skills. It records the ways in which employees adapt to increased labour market flexibility, which, on the one hand, induces discontinuities of careers, employment and work, and on the other, generates new skill requirements and learning expectations, as well as unforeseen opportunities.
It is one of the very few international comparative studies in the field based on an interdisciplinary research perspective
The Occupational focus allows for an in-depth study of the interconnection between labour market trends, skills development, learning, identity and careers
Skills development and individual careers as presented in this volume address issues of labour market inclusion and social cohesion
Labor markets are in a state of unprecedented flux. To understand how individual career trajectories are changing, this book examines the interplay of labor market demands, employees’ work and career orientations and the development of skills.