Sustainable Project-oriented Careers: A Conceptual Model

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An area of interest for project participants is career management. Some active network to find their next consulting engagement, upskill or prepare for major life changes (e.g. marriage or promotion). We find in the literature improved results for those who pursue a sustainable career path. We examine sustainable project-oriented careers and offer error messages that indicate career turbulence such as infrequent upskilling. The sustainable project-oriented career model is reviewed within the context of the Gig Economy where significant turbulence exists (e.g. COVID-19 pandemic) with the mediating role of training and continuing education. We conclude with an overview of innovations in post secondary education that facilitate a sustainable project-oriented career. We bring together evolving career sustainability concepts within the project environment and provide guidance for developing a sustainable project-oriented career, especially important in our current tempestuous times.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch on Project, Programme and Portfolio Management
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Sustainability into Project Management
EditorsRoxana Cuevas, Constanta-Nicoleta Bodea, Pablo Torres-Lima
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-60139-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-60138-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventInternational Project Management Association 31st World Congress: Integrating Sustainability into Project Management - Yucatan International Congress Center, Merida, Mexico
Duration: 30 Sept 20192 Oct 2019
Conference number: 31st

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Management and Industrial Engineering
ISSN (Print)2198-0772
ISSN (Electronic)2198-0780


ConferenceInternational Project Management Association 31st World Congress
Abbreviated titleIPMA
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