Narrative and Career Guidance: Beyond Small Talk and Towards Useful Dialogue for the 21st Century

Reid, Hazel
May 2005
International Journal for Educational & Vocational Guidance;May2005, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p125
Academic Journal
The rapidly changing world creates the need for new ways of working in guidance practice. This can lead to a quest for new or better theory. There are also concerns about those who may be excluded from the mainstream of social and economic life. Within this context, this article discusses how narrative-based approaches can help to manage the changing world of career. In particular, it considers the usefulness of employing narrative strategies for work with young people. It also questions the value of narrative-based approaches where practice is based on an integrated use of theory. Finally, it suggests possible ways forward for introducing narrative-based approaches into practice via career guidance training.


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