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Psykhe (Santiago)

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SOTO, Álvaro. Narratives of Chilean Professionals About Their Career Paths: The Construction of Identities at Work. Psykhe [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.1, pp.15-27. ISSN 0718-2228.

This article examines the phenomenon of mobile labor careers and analyzes its relationship with characteristic forms of identity construction in the contemporary workplace in Chile. In order to approach the meanings and dominant logics in current enterprises from an heuristic perspective, an analysis was carried out of the narratives regarding the careers of nine "high-level" professionals within organizations embedded in the flexible labor market. The methodological design was based on the grounded theory model. The information generated from individual in-depth interviews was analyzed following the method of continuous comparison. Using this method, the authors identified shared meanings about labor activity, the orientation of the career paths of the interviewees, and the social bonds generated at work, which mark subjective continuities and constitute foundations for the construction of labor identities. They are structured almost exclusively on short-term work experiences and representations of career paths based on mobility within an open labor market.

Palavras-chave : labor careers; identity; work; professionals; flexibility.

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