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Work and career transitions

Introduction: new patterns of career behaviour? In this chapter, we focus on the impact that changes in the employment relationship have had for career behaviour and the resultant challenges that this creates for organizations. However, what is a career? It is defined by Arthur, Hall and Lawrence as ‘the evolving sequence of a person’s work experiences over time’.1 Arthur and colleagues have recently pointed out that work takes up perhaps 50 hours a week of an individual’s time and unfolds over a 40-50-year timespan.2 The impact of the changing employment relationship on careers and the individual become clear from this.