The aim of the study was to explore the motives underpinning career mobility, and the impact of such mobility on changing the perceptions of senior teacher educators from Israel who have experienced cross-cultural professional transitions during the mid-career stage.
A thematic analysis of five interviewees’ retrospective narratives highlighted three motives driving career mobility:
the opportunity for professional development; the joy of adventure and challenge; and the need to bring about a fundamental change in their careers.
In addition, two categories of changes in perceptions that occurred following international mobility were mapped:
(a) pluralistic perceptions in a multicultural higher education environment, and
(b) culture of learning among the younger generation.
The discussion raises similarities and differences between the findings and the literature on career mobility in higher education.