In analysing careers one has to make a consistent difference between individual motives and ambitions and collective patterns of behaviour. In this chapter the individual motivation is treated only cursory in the second section—a fuller analytical description is given in Chap. 12. The following three sections analyse the influence of the course taken at the institute determining what sort of engineer each one represented, the occupational character that engineers were qualified for after studies, and the hierarchical position (occupational status ) that their education allowed them to reach. The pictures are more variegated than one would think after reading some success stories of individual engineers. The text is based on diagrams of percentage distributions. It should be mentioned that the full actual numbers are presented in the Annex Tables 4 and 5.
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Torstendahl (1975). In this investigation, the aim was to analyse career patterns in order to clarify constraints within a “social space”.
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Torstendahl, R. (2021). Variation of Career Paths. In: Engineers in Western Europe: Ascent—and Decline?. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57438-3_10
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