Key Issues and Dominant Themes

  • Simone R. KirpalEmail author
Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 13)


Apart from patterns of adjustments that are reflected in how employees shape their individual careers, three dominant themes emerged from the interviews, cutting across the specific occupational or national contextual embedding. Those three themes are further explored and discussed in this chapter. They address some key issues that seem to be of great concern for employees who are seeking to come to terms with the requirements of modern work contexts, shifting labour-market demands, enhanced mobility and destabilized employment. Concretely, the three dominant themes address the following questions: (i) How to gain more control in a highly flexible work environment and partly unpredictable employment and career prospects? (ii) How to create coherent career narratives and work-related identity continuities despite experiencing enhanced job mobility and changing work contexts? (iii) How to respond to the requirement of developing broader skill sets and a more flexible work orientation in the context of enhanced flexibility and complexity of work?


Career Pathway Occupational Category Individual Career Work Context Work Identity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Bremen, Centre for Social Policy Research, UNICOM-GebäudeBremenGermany

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