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Virtaluoto, J., & Selkälä, S. (2022). Meaningfulness in the Work of Language Professionals. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 12(4).

Meaningfulness in the work of language professionals

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Author: Virtaluoto, Jenni1; Selkälä, Satu2
Organizations: 1Department of Language and Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
2German Language and Culture, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Royal Danish Library, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-06-10


This qualitative study explores the changes that a specific group of knowledge workers — language professionals in Finland — have undergone in their work and how they perceive the meaningfulness of their work as a result. The data presented in this article has been collected through group interviews and is part of a larger data set. To make sense of our data, we use thematic analysis and the framework of meaningful work presented by Rosso et al. For some of our research participants, the factors of meaningful work are present. For others, changes in work, such as platform work and outsourcing, have reduced autonomy and development possibilities. We conclude by discussing the implications of our findings.

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Series: Nordic journal of working life studies
ISSN: 2245-0157
ISSN-E: 2245-0157
ISSN-L: 2245-0157
Volume: 12
Issue: 4
Pages: 69 - 88
DOI: 10.18291/njwls.132333
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
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