Career development: A geographical perspective


  • Rosie Alexander University of the West of Scotland



place, mobility, geography, career development, career theory


Career theory has typically focused on the ways that careers develop over time rather than thinking about the role of place. Drawing from insights from the geographical literature, this paper argues for a much greater attention to the spatial dimension of career development, understanding that place is a fundamental dimension of human existence, and that our careers are enacted in dynamic relation to the places we live in and move through. Further consideration of spatial dynamics, especially in relation to inequalities, should not therefore be considered a peripheral endeavor, but central to elaborating our theoretical understandings of career development.


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