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Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers

Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers

Individual Wellbeing and Career Experiences

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Kathryn M. Page and Cary Cooper

Happiness in one aspect of our life can positively impact upon our satisfaction within other domains of our life. The opposite also rings true. Today’s generation of working people have often been called the generation who want it all. But can we really have it all? And at what cost to our and others’ happiness? Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers explores ways in which contemporary working people can thrive in a complex, volatile and uncertain world. Combining both research and practice, the contributors of this book cover all bases from individual wellbeing, family, work and career experiences, to leadership. They conclude by providing the reader with tools to combine what they have learnt and apply it to their own lives.

Chapter 12: Protean career orientation: a review of existing and emerging research

Lea Waters, Douglas T. Hall, Lan Wang and Jon P. Briscoe

Subjects: business and management, gender and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour, social policy and sociology, family and gender policy


In the contemporary economic environment, conditions are unpredictable, turbulent, and not munificent. Individuals’ careers are undergoing a fundamental shift as permanent employment conditions decline and short-term contracts and job insecurity rise. The largest employer in the United States is Manpower Inc., a temporary work agency, and the US Government Accountability Office estimated in 2006 that about 30 percent of the US workforce was ‘contingent’ (Hill, 2014). The current generation of graduates entering the workforce (i.e., the so-called ‘millennials’) face daunting career challenges getting launched in their careers and face the prospect of being the first generation to potentially do less well, economically, than their parents.

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