The darker side of an international academic career

The darker side of an international academic career 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Career Development International Emerald Publishing

The darker side of an international academic career

Career Development International, Volume 12 (2): 23 – Apr 3, 2007

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1362-0436
DOI
10.1108/13620430710733640
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Abstract

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.

Journal

Career Development InternationalEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 3, 2007

Keywords: Academic staff; Careers; Expatriates; Labour mobility; Risk assessment

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