Navigating career transitions: A micro-processual framework

Presented by Professor Wolfgang Mayrhofer, Head of Interdisciplinary Institute of Management and Organisational Behaviour, WU Vienna, Austria.

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You are invited to attend our face-to-face CERIC research seminar at Leeds University Business School, Room 1.06 in Maurice Keyworth Building. The seminar will also be live-streamed, where online participants can listen to the presentation and take part in the Q&A session by typing their questions in the Zoom chat box. The Zoom link will be sent to you in the registration confirmation.


How people make sense of and navigate career transitions through bounded social space is of interest to individuals constructing their careers and a key question of career studies. Such transitions are sometimes planned periods of personal change that provide structure and orientation for navigating the next passage. However, individuals also encounter career setbacks, e.g., failing to pursue or being denied a desired career path. These unexpected events require them to re-evaluate and redirect their careers from planned to alternative transitions. This presentation empirically builds on interviews with Austrian young apprentices and conceptually develops a model of enacted sensemaking during career transitions that show how the expectations and aspirations that people enact lead to different kinds of possibilities within their career space.


Prof. Dr Wolfgang Mayrhofer is a full Professor and head of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management and Organisational Behaviour, WU Vienna, Austria. He previously has held full-time positions at the University of Paderborn, Germany, and at Dresden University of Technology, Germany, and conducts research in comparative international human resource management and leadership, work careers, and systems theory and management and has received national and international awards for outstanding research and service to the academic community.

Wolfgang Mayrhofer serves as an editorial or advisory board member of several international journals and is a research fellow at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Global Workforce Strategy (Vancouver, Canada), and a member of the academic advisory board of AHRMIO, the Association of Human Resource Management in International Organizations. With his collaborators, he has published 33 books and (co-)authored more than 240 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. As a certified systemic consultant (Heidelberg) Wolfgang regularly consults with organisations in the for-profit and non-profit world and is a specialist in outdoor training through sailing in the area of leadership and team development.

Read his full profile here.

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