Making Career Stories

Navigating Work and a Sense of Security

  • Mark Scillio

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Career Security – An Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mark Scillio
      Pages 3-32
    3. Mark Scillio
      Pages 33-53
  3. Being in Organisations

  4. Going It Alone

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Mark Scillio
      Pages 119-132
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      Pages 133-147
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      Pages 163-177
  5. In-Between Places

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Mark Scillio
      Pages 181-195
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      Pages 197-207
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 229-238

About this book


This book is about how people construct career stories: the stories we use to make sense of our work life. Mark Scillio explores the idea of security in the current turbulent employment climate, investigating employment experiences in developed, wealthy countries like Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom—where careers have become fragmented, complex, and uncertain. Using Anthony Giddens’ notion of ontological security, Scillio develops a concept of career security that goes beyond economic and financial concerns and encompasses the personal and social meaning of work. The ramifications of succeeding (or failing) to forge a good career narrative are explored through a series of detailed case studies.


Sociology of work Work studies Workplace Insecurity career security career trajectory employment career instability social resources employment climate career story career narrative Occupational psychology cultural studies organizational studies workplace satisfaction personal satiscation

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark Scillio
    • 1
  1. 1.Australian Catholic University FitzroyAustralia

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