Conceptual Framework for Sustainable Careers

  • Ans De Vos
  • Jean-Marie Dujardin
  • Tim Gielens
  • Caroline Meyers


This chapter introduces the most important concepts that will be used throughout this book. The changing career context brings a need for a fresh perspective to understand career dynamics and the implications for individuals as well as stakeholders at different levels. Starting with the changing nature of careers and the meaning of sustainable careers, we present the framework for facilitating the sustainability of careers that was used by the ESF Career & AGE network to describe and evaluate good practices. This framework will be used in the next chapter to introduce and discuss good practices for facilitating sustainable careers.


Career Changing career context Sustainable career Sustainable career management Careers as learning cycles Organizational level System level Individual level 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ans De Vos
    • 1
  • Jean-Marie Dujardin
    • 2
  • Tim Gielens
    • 3
  • Caroline Meyers
    • 4
  1. 1.Antwerp Management School and University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.HEC-Management SchoolUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium
  3. 3.Antwerp Management SchoolAntwerpBelgium
  4. 4.ESF FlandersBrusselsBelgium

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