Sustaining Employability through Lifelong Learning: A life history Approach

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This article presents the practical unfolding of a life history method in a major empirical project on employability. The discourse of em-ployability, seeing the worker as universally adaptive work force, is contextualized historically in a late phase of capitalist moderniza-tion. A critical discussion of the prevailing concept of competence for neglecting the subjective dimension of learning and competence development leads to methodological considerations and decisions made in designing this research project, its research questions, its theoretical understanding and the choice of method. Narrative life stories shall illuminate workers’ experiences of substantial shifts in their career and the competence development they have experi-enced in such situations. The article anticipates how a psycho-soci-etal interpretation of life histories can bring valuable insights in the subjective dimension of competence development in the context of workers’ life as a whole.
Translated title of the contributionVedvarende employability gennem livslang læring
Original languageEnglish
JournalRevista Brasileira de Pesquisa (Auto)biográfica
Issue number13
Pages (from-to)105-123
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Findes på både engelsk og portugisisk i samme tidsskriftnummer: Den portugisiske titel er: "Sustentar a empregabilidade mediante a aprendizagem ao longo da vida. Uma abordagem em história de vida à empregabilidade"


  • Life history
  • Experience
  • Competence
  • Employability

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