Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects

Labour-Market Flexibility and Individual Careers

A Comparative Study

Authors: Kirpal, Simone

  • Offers an international comparative study of the field based on an interdisciplinary research perspective
  • Features an occupational focus that allows for an in-depth study of the interconnection between labor market trends, skills development, learning, identity and careers
  • Skills development and individual careers as presented in this volume address issues of labor market inclusion and social cohesion
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With labour markets across the world and even in social democratic Europe in a state of unprecedented flux, the problem of how to balance job-market demands, personal career interests and private life becomes a central issue for millions of employees. So how do modern work and employment arrangements restructure individual careers and what is required of individuals in order to manage career transitions successfully over time? This is one of very few in-depth empirical studies to analyse how labour-market trends, organizational change and the subjective work orientations of individuals interact. 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 workers from 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.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kirpal, Simone R.

    Pages 1-21

  • Skills and Labour Markets in Germany and the UK

    Kirpal, Simone R.

    Pages 23-53

  • Work and Career Orientations of Nurses

    Kirpal, Simone R.

    Pages 55-127

  • Work and Career Orientations of IT Technicians

    Kirpal, Simone R.

    Pages 129-199

  • Reflections on Empirical Findings

    Kirpal, Simone R.

    Pages 201-210

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eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3502-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Labour-Market Flexibility and Individual Careers
Book Subtitle
A Comparative Study
Authors
Series Title
Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects
Series Volume
13
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0234-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0234-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-0233-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3502-6
Series ISSN
1871-3041
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 274
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