The conference will provide a mixture of keynotes, debates, seminars and open discussion and will seek to address the big issues relating to the career development field.
Rationale for the conference
Twenty years ago Tony Watts and other NICEC colleagues published Rethinking Careers Education and Guidance: Theory, Policy and Practice (Watts, Law, Killeen, Kidd & Hawthorn 1996).
This was unique as a multi-authored text that sought to integrate career education and career guidance and develop a more nuanced educational basis for our work. It featured new career learning theory and methods of measuring impact through learning outcomes. It was argued that careers work is inevitably political and an influential framework was developed for understanding this. The role of career theory in one-to-one work was discussed in new ways. It was further recognized that careers work takes place within a range of international socio-cultural contexts and sectors (e.g. private sector, workplace, statutory, schools, colleges, universities, and communities).
Rethinking became a well-thumbed classic for reflective practitioners and a core text on reading lists, but it is increasingly out of date.
In this conference participants will be invited to look forward to the next 20 years and ask:
- What can we still take from Rethinking today?
- What was missing? What voices, theories and contexts were neglected?
- What now appear to be the dead ends, the fertile areas, the new paradigms?
- How do we make sense of our field today?
- Where does the future of the field lie?
The conference will be organised by the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICC).
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