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date: 25 January 2021

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This chapter explores changing definitions of careers in terms of work, work identity, and career success. It enlarges the concept of career space by considering how nonwork activities-in one's home and personal life, in social networks, and in the community-can all contribute to self-development and self-image and ultimately to a sense of psychological success in one's career. It also expands the concept of career time by opening the relationship between chronological age and career stage to show how people today move in and out of the paid workforce, and across work roles, occupations, and organizations, to put together a boundaryless career. This poses psychological and economic challenges but opens new possibilities for development of self and identity. The chapter examines the personal and environmental resources needed for people to successfully navigate this new career space/time landscape.

Keywords: careers, protean career, psychological success, work identity

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