This book is the product of a series of reflections by career counseling and guidance specialists on a question central to society: "How can career and life design interventions contribute to fair and sustainable development and to the implementation of decent work all over the world? ". This question was formulated by Professor J. Guichard, the director of the UNESCO Chair in Lifelong Guidance and counseling at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. The researchers involved in this Chair’s activities proposed answers which form the chapters of this book. These reflections emphasize the need to focus on the study and implementation of certain central psychological processes which can enable individuals to face the main challenges of our society. The contributions also propose new avenues of intervention for career counseling and guidance. The entire book is the bedrock of a program of research and interventions to be implemented in order that the field of career counseling and guidance plays a key role for individuals who must design their lives in a rapidly changing, and ever more complex context. This book is therefore a major scientific contribution and marks a turning point for researchers and practitioners in career counseling and guidance, and for all professionals who support the self-construction of individuals in the 21st century.
"The authors draw on a diverse range of disciplines and research traditions and offer readers a rich array of insights, helping them reflect on how career guidance can be mobilised to serve citizens in a world that is increasingly challenged by complex, seemingly intractable problems. A central, crosscutting concern is the ways in which career guidance can foster well-being by facilitating access to meaningful and fulfilling work in contexts that promote equity, social justice, and dignity for all. While engaging the micro-worlds of individuals, and throwing light on their valiant efforts to design a life that realises their hopes and aspirations, it is a commendable feature of many of these papers that they do not eschew the societal – indeed planetary – stage across which personal dramas are enacted.”
Prof. Ronald G. Sultana, Director, Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research, University of Malta.
"The primary strengths.....are the authors' capacity to provide forward thinking perspectives on the important issue of sustainable lifelong interventions and career design in its broadest sense. The volume offers depth in a way of thinking that is pertinent to the 21st century and provokes both an in interest in the further study of this domain as well as providing tools and references for novice and experienced researchers and professionals. The book is sure to become a major text in the field."
Prof. Maurice Taylor, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, Canada
Table of Contents
1. The UNESCO Life Long Career Counseling Chair project: main purposes and implemented actions. Valérie Cohen-Scali, Jean Guichard, Gabriela Aisenson, Issa Abdou Moumoula, Jacques Pouyaud Violetta Drabik-Podgórna, Marek Podgórny, Jean-Luc Bernaud.- Part I: Theoretical Foundations and perspectives for guiding life and career interventions.- 2. Life design interventions and the issue of work.Jean Guichard.- 3. Homo consultans amidst pop-culture: Towards sustainable development. Alicja Kargulowa.- 4. Combatting Marginalization and Fostering Critical Consciousness for Decent Work. Maureen E. Kenny, David L. Blustein, Ellen Gutowski, Tera Meerkins.- 5. Responsibility as a goal and an Ethical Norm in Counseling for Sustainable Development and Decent Work in the Age of Anthropocene. Violetta Drabik-Podgórna.- 6. A value-centered approach to decent work. Koorosh Massoudi, Marc Abessolo, Kokou Amenyona Atitsogbe, Eloïse Banet, Grégoire Bollmann, Jean-Pierre Dauwalder, Philippe Handschin, Christian Maggiori, Jonas Masdonati, Shékina Rochat, Jérôme Rossier.- Part II: Life and Career Design Interviews and Dialogues based interventions.- 7. Responsibility in life designing and career construction of women with low employment skills. Guðbjörg Vilhjálmsdóttir.- 8. Towards diversified ways to promote decent working trajectories: A life and career design proposal for informal workers. Marcelo Afonso Ribeiro.- 9. Three life and career design interviews methods for counseling young people in situations of migration. Valérie Cohen-Scali, Jean Luc Bernaud, Issa Abdou Moumoula, Jacques Pouyaud- Part III: Life and Career Interventions combining a variety of career counseling instruments.- 10. The challenge of sustainability in the construction and managing of personal project for a decent work and a decent life: psychological contributions . Annamaria Di Fabio.- 11. Using life-design counseling for career construction to facilitate sustainable employability and decent work in a developing country context. Jacobus G. (Kobus) Maree.- 12. Life Design and career counseling: contributions to social justice. Maria Eduarda Duarte and Paulo Cardoso.- Supporting personal knowledge management for sustainable development and decent work. Marek Podgórny.- Part IV: Tracks for implementing targeted innovative Life and Career Design interventions.- 14. Vulnerable Youth in Argentina: Contributions to the achievement of sustainable life paths and decent social insertions. Research and Practices. Gabriela Aisenson, Leandro Legaspi, Viviana Valenzuela.- 15. Gender and Decent Work: The Role of Occupational Stereotypes. Chiara Annovazzi, Maria Cristina Ginevra, Elisabetta Camussi.- 16. Life and Career Design Interventions to help people direct their active lives toward human-sustainable development. The case of young people interested in social and solidarity economy. Valérie Cohen-Scali.- 17. Decent work and social inclusion for people with disability and vulnerability: From the soft skills to the involvement of the context. Sara Santilli, Maria Cristina Ginevra, Laura Nota, Salvatore Soresi.- Part V: Perspectives.- Chapter 18.- Interventions in Career Design and Education for the Future. Valérie Cohen-Scali .- Chapter 19: Looking forward: Developing a research agenda. Violetta Drabik-Podgórna, Marek Podgórny.