The quality of a professional portfolio career in the post-industrial era

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Abstract

Post-industrial society has witnessed trends according to which the labour market has become more flexible, services have expanded and immaterial work and horizontal work organisation has emerged, shaping professions in respect to the employment and work they can offer. An outcome of these trends is a portfolio career, an employment pattern based on holding down multiple jobs, which increases the variation in the quality of career trajectories. Portfolio careers, however, are shaped at the intersection of industry and profession. This article studies the quality of a professional portfolio career by investigating the employment pattern and the task profile. Two case studies, one involving business consulting professionals and the other professionals in the creative industry, are investigated. The study is based on the analysis of interview data. For both professional groups, the quality of employment was impaired by the insecurity inherent in a portfolio career, but the quality of the professional profile of tasks was relatively adequate. For the consulting professionals studied, the quality of the task profile is due to the coherent but multidisciplinary continuum of tasks, which in turn is due to the market-based service industry. For the professionals in the creative industry, the profile consisted of professional tasks and tasks external to the profession, which is due to underemployment in the industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-454
Number of pages14
JournalJOURNAL OF EDUCATION AND WORK
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • business consulting profession
  • higher education
  • portfolio career
  • post-industrial society
  • Profession
  • professions in the creative industry
  • quality of career

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Administration
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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