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 5: The Discourse of the Labour Market
The Discourse of the Labour Market
Why is Labour Market Information Important to Careers Education and Guidance Professionals?
The recent policy changes, leading eventually to the effective disappearance of the Careers Service as we have known it, raises, among other issues, the question as to what it is that marks ‘careers advisers’ out from other professionals in the field. Careers advisers are not social workers, youth workers, teachers or pastoral counsellors in schools, but the new Connexions service will include people from such backgrounds in the new and generic profession of ‘personal adviser’. This is therefore a good time to point out that interpersonal skills such as those described in other chapters in this book are necessary but not sufficient for ...