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Managing a sustainable career in the contemporary world of work: Personal choices and contextual challenges

On 9 June 2020, Maral Darouei defended her thesis 'Managing a sustainable career in the contemporary world of work: Personal choices and contextual challenges'. The doctoral research was supervised by Prof. J.I. van der Rest.

Maral Darouei
09 June 2020
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The average person spends more than one-third of their life working. Considering that work plays a central role in our lives, many of us are concerned about choosing career paths that are sustainable. However, as much as we want to, we cannot craft sustainable careers by simply making the right career decisions. Our careers are continuously affected by less controllable aspects in our lives, such as societal changes and the organization we work for. To understand what makes careers sustainable, we need to investigate how the person together with other contextual stakeholders can influence sustainable careers. This dissertation consists of four empirical chapters that study the consequences of a number of contemporary career choices made by the individual, such as working from home and becoming self-employed, and the influence of supervisors and society on sustainable careers. Additionally, this thesis sheds light on the challenges that certain minority group members face in building a sustainable career. The findings demonstrate that contemporary work forms, such as working from home, have the potential to promote sustainable careers but only if supervisors support individuals’ decisions. Moreover, this dissertation shows that women and non-parents may face greater challenges in crafting a sustainable career.

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