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I don’t think anyone here has thought about career really: What the concept of ‘career’ means to Norwegian teenagers and school counsellorsBakke, Ingrid Bårdsdatter; Hooley, Tristram; Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences; University of Derby (Taylor and Francis, 2020-10-22)Norway is reforming its career guidance system. This article explores how these reforms are experienced in schools around Norway, and attends to the way in which the concept of ‘career’ is understood. There is a difference between an ‘everyday’ and a scholarly understanding of the concept, between seeing it as hierarchical, or viewing career more democratically. This study explores how these tensions are worked through by Norwegian young people and guidance counsellors. The article argues that this tension is pronounced because the concept of ‘career’ has entered Norway as part of a top down policy discourse. Consequently, there is a need to re-contextualise the ideas of career and career guidance to connect them with Norwegian culture.
Moving from information provision to co-careering: Integrated guidance as a new approach to e-guidance in NorwayBakke, Ingrid Bårdsdatter; Hagaseth Haug, Eri; Hooley, Tristram; Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 2018-10-01)Norway has invested heavily in its career guidance system. This has allowed it to move rapidly from a relatively weak guidance system to an innovative and emergent one. One of the advantages of the historic lack of development of career guidance in the country has been the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others and to try out new and innovative approaches. A key opportunity that the country is keen to make the most of is the potential to use digital technologies to support guidance. Following a process of exploration of this issue the government has resolved to establish an e-guidance service located in Tromsø. However, at present the nature of this service is unclear. In this article we argue that that the concepts of (1) integrated guidance, (2) instructional design and (3) co-careering should be at the heart of the new service and indeed at the heart of the delivery of guidance across Norway.