Design of Discontinuous Careers 

Employees whose employment history are marked by frequent activity and corporate changes, ie job nomads or career changers are now common place. Work in flexible, virtual structures is just as natural as the change of activity or the company with these employees. They are disadvantaged in so far as they have precarious employment conditions, working long hours, lack of support inside and outside the workplace as well as in terms of their skills development, their health and their career opportunities.

In addition, a growing number of self-employed and freelance agents, are regarded as flexible worker, dynamic and innovative, but are thereby exposed to high-grade strains. Seen as 'high performers' they receive recognition. However there are no health-promoting concepts to support this group, to protect against self-exploitation and mental exhaustion.

FIAP raises questions about the supportive competence designs of these fluid biographies, the role of the company and intermediary institutions, according to solution models for career development, to promote health and occupational health and safety. New work and communication forms and their potential for flexible forms of work are analyzed in order to develop this background, concepts for an independent biography and management models for competence promotion and social support.