ERIC Number: EJ927942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Professional Development through Self-Directed Expatriation: Intentions and Outcomes for Young, Educated Eastern Europeans
Felker, Julie A.
International Journal of Training and Development, v15 n1 p76-86 Mar 2011
This article explores the experiences of young, well-educated Eastern Europeans who have moved to Western Europe in search of opportunities for professional development, opportunities that, for the most part, are not available in their home countries. The focus of this paper is on the resulting outcome of downskilling, where these individuals work in positions well below their levels of education and capability. Based on 22 in-depth interviews with workers living in Ireland, England, the Netherlands, Poland and the Czech Republic, the study offers two major findings. First, although self-directed expatriates move to host countries specifically for professional development opportunities, they do little to research on their career and employment options prior to moving to the host country. Second, organizations are not fully utilizing the available human capital offered by Eastern Europeans, suggesting untapped opportunities to achieve competitive advantage through human capital.
Descriptors: Human Capital, Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Interviews, Employment, Careers
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic; Europe; Ireland; Netherlands; Poland; United Kingdom (England)