Intragenerational or ‘career’ mobility which compares first jobs with those held at a later stage in people’s lives, is not only interesting in its own right but in the present account it serves two functions. First, it helps to amplify the trend analysis in Chapter 5, which used mobility to ‘first’ job in order to examine historical changes independent of career effects. Second, career mobility can be treated as part of the work experience of a generation, so providing a perspective on ideas such as deskilling or labour markets which have been used to cenceptualise employment processes.
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