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

Group Work: Guidance in a Group Setting

Group work: Guidance in a group setting

Traditionally the one-to-one guidance conversation or interview has been the central plank of most careers professionals' repertoire, the skill and process by which they felt they were known. To tell a careers adviser that they were no good at guidance interviewing would be to challenge their professional identity.

Working with groups, also part of the traditional training programme, has been a long-established form of intervention in careers education and guidance (CEG), especially in secondary schools. However, according to Bysshe et al. (1997: 4), in 1995 a DfEE-commissioned survey found that only 24 per cent of Year 11 and 12 per cent of Year 10 pupils had been involved in such sessions. The value ...

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