Career guidance and the changing world of work: Contesting responsibilising notions of the future.
AuthorsHooley, Tristram John
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractCareer guidance is an educational activity which helps individuals to manage their participation in learning and work and plan for their futures. Unsurprisingly career guidance practitioners are interested in how the world of work is changing and concerned about threats of technological unemployment. This chapter argues that the career guidance field is strongly influenced by a “changing world of work” narrative which is drawn from a wide body of grey literature produced by think tanks, supra-national bodies and other policy influencers. This body of literature is political in nature and describes the future of work narrowly and within the frame of neoliberalism. The ‘changing world of work’ narrative is explored through a thematic analysis of grey literature and promotional materials for career guidance conferences. The chapter concludes by arguing that career guidance needs to adopt a more critical stance on the ‘changing world of work’ and to offer more emancipatory alternatives.
CitationHooley, T. (2019) 'Career guidance and the changing world of work: Contesting responsibilising notions of the future', in Peters, M.A., Jandrić, P., and Means, A.J. (eds.) Education and technological unemployment. Berlin: Springer. pp. 175-192.