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

Careers Education

Careers education

A planned programme of careers education and guidance is an essential part of the curriculum, since it encourages young people to prepare for their future lives. But work and careers are not what they were. The changes brought about by technology and new working practices mean that people need to be more flexible, willing to continue to learn and able to plan and manage their careers.

Sir Ron Dearing, Foreword to Looking Forward (SCAA, 1995)

The Context

Careers education and guidance have occupied an important place in the changing policy agenda for education in the UK during the last 20 years. In that time, great strides have been made in the provision and resourcing of careers education and guidance supported by committed staff in schools, ...

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