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Migrants of the British Diaspora Since the 1960sStories From Modern Nomads$
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A. James Hammerton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526116574

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526116574.001.0001

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Migration and career stories: work in an age of mobility

Migration and career stories: work in an age of mobility

(p.135) 5 Migration and career stories: work in an age of mobility
Migrants of the British Diaspora Since the 1960s

A. James Hammerton

Manchester University Press

This chapter drills down more deeply into the role of work and career at a time when changing motivations, like adventure and lifestyle, were beginning to dominate the migration landscape. Material improvement remained central to modern migrant motivations, but it was mediated by new elements and subjected to changing contexts of employment in a globalising world. In these ways career stories underline the centrality of change alongside continuity in migration history. Skilled migrant stories point to changes in opportunities and ambitions beyond more traditional ‘job for life’ expectations, and explore the role of trade union pathways to career advancement. The expansion of tertiary education from the 1960s spawned a growing body of upwardly mobile middle-class job hunters for whom migration offered unique opportunities of geographical and social mobility. For some professionals this translated into the stellar success they thought was closed to them in Britain, illustrated by examples in medicine, journalism and Information Technology. Exploration of the traditionally mobile career of academic employment illustrates ways in which old patterns of academic mobility intensified under new conditions. Here career drove mobility, but with surprising developments, including career change combined with return migration.

Keywords:   career, lifestyle, continuity, skilled migrants, tertiary education, medicine, journalism, Information Technology, academic mobility

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