|dc.description.abstract||Purpose: This article explores the nature and role of career boundaries for enabling/constraining career self-management for occupational boundary-crossing in the UK graduate labour market. Design/methodology/approach: The data is provided by career history interviews with 36 UK graduates. The analysis contrasts transitions for those who started careers in low- intermediate- and high-skilled segments of the labour market.
Findings: Availability of development and progression opportunities were the most prominent career boundary experienced. Ease of boundary-crossing differed by career stage and educational background. Boundaries enabled career self-management by acting as psychological/external push factors, but push factors only aided progression to high-skilled segments for a third of graduates who started careers in underemployment. For the rest, an adaptation of expectations to labour market realities was observed.
Research limitations/implications: Although career history interviews limit generalisability, they contextualise boundaries and deepen understanding of career actors' subjective experiences and responses.
Practical implications: The study highlights the role of labour market and demand-side constraints for career transitions as well as proactive career behaviours. This has implications for career counsellors, employers and individuals.
Originality/value: This article provides a distinctive ‘boundary-focused' analysis of emerging career boundaries in the graduate labour market. The findings point to the intricate interplay between structure and agency for career development.||en_UK|
|dc.relation||Okay-Somerville B & Scholarios D (2014) Coping with career boundaries and boundary-crossing in the graduate labour market, Career Development International, 19 (6), pp. 668-682.||-|
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|dc.subject||Graduate labour market||en_UK|
|dc.title||Coping with career boundaries and boundary-crossing in the graduate labour market||en_UK|
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|dc.citation.jtitle||Career Development International||-|
|dc.type.status||Publisher version (final published refereed version)||-|
|dc.contributor.affiliation||Management Work and Organisation||-|
|dc.contributor.affiliation||University of Strathclyde||-|
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