EAWOP Small Group Meeting ‘Empowering Careers Research in Europe: New Dialogue, Concepts and Studies location:Amsterdam (The Netherlands) date:12-14 March 2008
The concepts of the boundaryless career and the protean career were among the first trying to grasp the characteristics of contemporary careers. These concepts focused the attention on the growing unpredictability of careers, the crossing of traditional boundaries and the increased importance of individual agency to shape careers. This paper discusses a generic model adding to the conceptual fine-tuning of both career concepts. First, we decompose the boundaryless and protean career concepts (decomposition). This discussion aims at indicating which aspects have been touched upon in the literature on new careers. Second, we introduce the central axis of the model and indicate how the dimensions of the boundaryless and protean career concepts may be related to these components of the model (reconstruction). Third, we add to the literature on the boundaryless and protean career by enlarging the model with factors of influence that remained underexposed sofar (expansion). The full model sheds light on the gaps in career research. This allows us to elaborate a specific research agenda for future career research and to indicate potential research paths for collaborative European career research.