Career development and human capital theory: Preaching the “education gospel”
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThis chapter analyses the relationship between career development, education, and human capital theory. It argues that education lies at the heart of our understanding of how individuals develop their careers and how purposeful career development interventions can support them in this endeavour. Career development services are most evident and accessible in the education system. This relationship is not accidental but is rooted in both the historical development of the field and in the importance of human capital theory to the ideology of both education and career development. The chapter finishes by critiquing the dependence of policymakers and advocates for the field on human capital theory and by considering alternative relationships that could be built between education and career development.
CitationHooley, T. (2020). 'Career development and human capital theory: Preaching the “education gospel”. In Robertson, P., Hooley, T., & McCash, P. (Eds.). 'The Oxford handbook of career development'. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-14.
PublisherOxford University Press