Based at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, my PhD research is focused the career development of individuals who concurrently work in industry, research and government.
Traditionally, organisations played a key role in the career development of their employees, who tended to remain with the one firm for a significant portion of their working life. However changing employment structures mean this is no longer the case, with individuals increasingly taking greater control over their own careers. This research seeks to better understand individuals who have developed tri-sector careers, concurrently working on a portfolio of different engagements in industry, research and government (or frequently cycling between them such that they never fully disconnect from a sector for a period of greater than 3 years). Drawing on boundaryless career theory and the intelligent career framework, the focus will be on the “ways of knowing” (why/how/whom) these individuals express in relation to their careers.