Educating career guidance practitioners in the twenty-first century

John Gough

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Rapidly changing policy contexts in England have dramatically affected the provision of career guidance, and the training and development of its practitioners. This paper takes an autoethnographic and self-reflexive approach to exploring the experience of a Senior Lecturer in Career Guidance who manages a centre that offers the Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG), and the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. Key questions are considered, such as: the effects of policy context on the type of qualification and curriculum offered, and their differences; the challenges of engaging learners in theoretical concepts and reflective approaches; and the tensions between ‘training’ practitioners and ‘educating’ them to develop a strong core of professionalism. The paper also considers the extent to which the learners develop as ‘knowledgeable social actors’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-207
Number of pages9
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance & Counselling
Issue number2
Early online date21 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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  • Career guidance practitioners
  • education and training


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