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ERIC Number: EJ802041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-1362-0436
The Darker Side of an International Academic Career
Richardson, Julia; Zikic, Jelena
Career Development International, v12 n2 p164-186 2007
Purpose: This paper aims to examine the "darker side" of what it means to engage in an international academic career. Extending beyond well-documented themes relating to the difficulties of cross-cultural adjustment and unfulfilled expectations/opportunities for promotion, this paper seeks to introduce "transience and risk" as two important dimensions of this very specific career choice. The paper draws especially on the contemporary "new" careers literature, including conceptions of career exploration as a framework to understand the research findings. Design/methodology/approach: The paper employs a qualitative methodology, drawing on semi-structured interviews conducted "in situ" with 30 expatriate academics in four different countries. Findings: Transience and risk were identified as two important dimensions of the "darker side" of pursuing an international academic career. However, these two dimensions also had further positive aspects, thus signalling the complex and often contradictory nature of this specific career form. Research limitations/implications: Introduces a more cautionary note to the contemporary literature on international careers and career exploration more generally. Practical implications: Careers that evolve across international boundaries require support that extends beyond cross-cultural training. Originality/value: The paper contends that in as much as an international academic career offers a broad range of opportunities for fulfilment it also presents significant challenges that should be acknowledged. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A