‘Boundaryless careers’: mobility across organisations and nations

Torben Krings, Elaine Moriarty, James Wickham, Alicja Bobek and Justyna Salamońska

in New mobilities in Europe

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780719088094
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781705834 | DOI:
‘Boundaryless careers’: mobility across organisations and nations

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This chapter examines the career trajectories of Polish migrants as they moved through the Dublin labour market and beyond. What became apparent was the diversity of career paths. While some migrants had trajectories that began to resemble traditional career models, others took up jobs either not related to their qualifications or for purposes other than traditional understandings of career progression. Some of these careers became ‘boundaryless’ in that employment was not confined to a single firm, occupation, sector or indeed nation-state. What emerged quite strongly from the interviews was the extent to which the work biographies of migrants involved considerably more than just the pursuit of linear career progression. Jobs were sometimes viewed as facilitating a mobile lifestyle or leading towards a ‘project of self-realisation’ (Kennedy, 2010). Ultimately, migrants pursued worklife pathways which were not just work-related but also involved lifestyle choices as part of a broader aspiration for self-development.

Keywords: career; mobile lifestyle; organisations; worklife pathways

Chapter.  6523 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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