9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN19 Sociology of Professions

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 Careers and Professional Paths Building I, Auditório 1

Respond strategies to the new logics of the market - further investigation of tourism professional's individual career paths

Tourism sector is a rapidly growing and developing field withnessing an on-going professionalisation and also a strong specialization going on due to the market changes, the matter of market fluctuations, trends and fashions. Due to the exploding demand, there has been a continuous rise of new professions, upgrading skill requirements with different level of institutionalization. Tourism professionals intend to react immediately to the fragmented needs and the challenges of the market by upgrading skills and fastenning the institutionalization process in order to keep the professional position. It is also witnessed that the flexible, adaptable market-based skills and competences are becoming more important - providing more working options- beside of the formal education.
Theoretically professionalization is seen as a dynamic process on a micro level but there may be breaks and shifts in continuous professional development due to other personal priorities and external contents. By analyising of tourism professionals individual career paths, indicating the changes of work and workplace and the reason behind, we outline how professionals react to the new logics of the market and what respond strategies they adapt: they specialize according to the needs or use their existing knowledge in another place (finding a new job, and moving to and settling down in another location) ? so mobility may be seen as a solution to using existing knowledge and keeping the profession, instead of challenging the professionals in a new context. The respond strategies varies by the individual and market factors and also the career milestones. In this research we also consider the expanded optional spaces of individuals, the geographical mobility.