International Careers Of Development Aid Workers

Author: Maike Andresen (OTTO-FRIEDRICH-UNIVERSITY BAMBERG), Maike Andresen (OTTO-FRIEDRICH-UNIVERSITY BAMBERG), Tanja Gustschin (), Susannne Imhof (UNIVERSITY OF BAMBERG, CHAIR OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT)

 

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In order to understand the career specificities of international development workers as a subgroup of self-initiated expatriates the protean career concept was used to assist the analysis of a number of career-related issues such as for instance work values and attitudes, learning orientation and career mobility. The 123 development aid workers participating in an online survey were not only altruistically motivated but also showed self-serving interests and motives. The majority managed its career independently and was guided by personal values in decisions regarding their professional life. As continuous learners they were organizationally mobile and highly adaptable to new working environments.

 

Keywords: Expatriation Volunteering Protean Career