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Careers in the Greek public sector: calibrating the kaleidoscope

Maria Mouratidou (Business School, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, UK)
Mirit K. Grabarski (Western University Ivey Business School, London, Canada)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 4 March 2021

Issue publication date: 4 May 2021




The authors draw upon the kaleidoscope career model (KCM) to explore the career perceptions of public service employees in Greece.


Qualitative semistructured interviews were conducted with 33 civil servants.


The authors’ demonstrate how context frames career perceptions and propose an additional KCM parameter (security).

Research limitations/implications

This context-based study proposes an extension of the KCM theory beyond the original three parameters that were dominant at its inception.

Practical implications

The authors provide recommendations for human resource practices, such as empowerment through training, fair promotions and providing meaning. Despite the common perception, the need for challenge exists even within the public sector, such that satisfying it can help organizations to gain strategic advantage.


This study expands a prominent career theory by exploring it in a unique context. By doing that, the authors are able to better understand how the parameters of the model are readjusted in different settings and to uncover a previously unidentified theme.



The authors would like to thank Sherry Sullivan, Peter Heslin and the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and feedback.


Mouratidou, M. and Grabarski, M.K. (2021), "Careers in the Greek public sector: calibrating the kaleidoscope", Career Development International, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 201-216.



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