Reclaiming professional identity through postgraduate professional development: Career practitioners reclaiming their professional selves
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AbstractCareers advisers in the UK have experienced significant change and upheaval within their professional practice. This research explores the role of postgraduate level professional development in contributing to professional identity. The research utilises a case study approach and adopts multiple tools to provide an in-depth examination of practitioners’ perceptions of themselves as professionals within their lived world experience. It presents a group of practitioners struggling to define themselves as professionals due to changing occupational nomenclature resulting from shifting government policy. Postgraduate professional development generated a perceived enhancement in professional identity through exposure to theory, policy and opportunities for reflection, thus contributing to more confident and empowered practitioners. Engagement with study facilitated development of confident, empowered practitioners with a strengthened sense of professional self.
CitationSiobhan Neary (2014) Reclaiming professional identity through postgraduate professional development: careers practitioners reclaiming their professional selves, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 42:2, 199-210, DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2013.869790
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Series/Report no.Voume 42
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