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Transforming careers:from linear to multidirectional career paths: Organizational and individual perspectives

Yehuda Baruch (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 January 2004

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Abstract

Within the dynamic nature of labour markets, career systems have witnessed major changes in recent decades. This paper presents several career perspectives, to manifest a trend in career systems and their meaning and implications for individuals, organizations and society. This trend may be portrayed as a transition from what may be labelled “linear career system” into a “multidirectional career system”. Possible explanations to the phenomenon are presented, with suggested ideas for analysing and learning from the trend. The last section of the paper presents the academic career model as a prospective role model for future career systems, suggested as an intriguing idea and food for thought. Such a mental exercise of examining alternative career models, different from the traditional concept of careers, may be useful for both theory development and managerial practice.

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Baruch, Y. (2004), "Transforming careers:from linear to multidirectional career paths: Organizational and individual perspectives", Career Development International, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 58-73. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620430410518147

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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