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New mobilities in EuropePolish migration to Ireland post-2004$
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Torben Krings, Elaine Moriarty, and James Wickham

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088094

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088094.001.0001

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‘Boundaryless careers’: mobility across organisations and nations

‘Boundaryless careers’: mobility across organisations and nations

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(p.95) 6 ‘Boundaryless careers’: mobility across organisations and nations
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New mobilities in Europe
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Torben Krings

Elaine Moriarty

James Wickham

Alicja Bobek

Justyna Salamońska

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088094.003.0007

This chapter examines the career trajectories of Polish migrants as they moved through the Dublin labour market and beyond. What became apparent was the diversity of career paths. While some migrants had trajectories that began to resemble traditional career models, others took up jobs either not related to their qualifications or for purposes other than traditional understandings of career progression. Some of these careers became ‘boundaryless’ in that employment was not confined to a single firm, occupation, sector or indeed nation-state. What emerged quite strongly from the interviews was the extent to which the work biographies of migrants involved considerably more than just the pursuit of linear career progression. Jobs were sometimes viewed as facilitating a mobile lifestyle or leading towards a ‘project of self-realisation’ (Kennedy, 2010). Ultimately, migrants pursued worklife pathways which were not just work-related but also involved lifestyle choices as part of a broader aspiration for self-development.

Keywords:   career, mobile lifestyle, organisations, worklife pathways

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