Helping others to make occupational choices requires a combination of skill and a deep understanding of the world of work as it is today and will be in the future. Unlike texts, which focus only on skill, Careers Guidance in Context is designed to develop understanding of the factors, which shape both the labour market, and careers guidance as an occupation in itself. Careers Guidance in Context re-evaluates the concept of `a career' in the light of economic restructuring, globalization and the growth of information technology. It draws together up-to-date theories about guidance work and debates the importance of integrating theory and practice. Examining the processes in which practitioners engage when work
Chapter 1: Careers Guidance in a New Era
Careers Guidance in a New Era
There is considerable consensus that at the start of a new century we are living in a new era, although how it is described varies. Castells (1999a) calls it the ‘information age’, Wijers and Meijers (1996) the ‘knowledge society’, Mulgan (1997) a ‘connected world’, and Beck (1999) ‘risk society’. Although the titles vary, there is a great deal of agreement as to what characterises this new era, and the consequences of the rapid change witnessed in the last 20 years. The impact of this change is being increasingly explored by those writing about careers guidance (Collin and Watts, 1996; Roberts, 1997; Savickas, 1993) and it is the purpose of this chapter to explore the ...