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The Potential Impact of Global Changes in Work for Career Theory and Practice

  • Norman AmundsonEmail author
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Abstract

This article presents an analysis of current career theory and practice around the globe. It briefly describes important changes that are impacting working life and considers how these changes have prompted innovations in career counselling theory and practice. Innovations and emerging developments in career theory include constructivism, systems theory, action theory, and a series of fragmentary theoretical developments that highlight the importance of paradoxical thinking. In terms of career counselling practice, some of the new developments include a greater emphasis on active engagement, more holistic methods, an expanded counselling focus, and an increased emphasis on counselling efficacy. These developments present new opportunities and challenges for career counselling theorists and practitioners.

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Action Theory Active Engagement Career Counselling Current Career Counselling Practice 
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Résumé. L′impact potentiel des changements globaux du travail pour la théorie et la pratique de l’orientation

Cet article présente une analyse des théories et des pratiques de l’orientation actuellement en vigueur dans le monde. Il décrit brièvement les changements importants qui influencent la vie active et considère la manière dont ces changements ont suscité des innovations dans les théories et les pratiques du conseil d’orientation. Les innovations et les développements qui apparaissent dans les théories de l’orientation sont liées au constructivisme, à la théorie des systèmes, à la théorie de l′action et à une série de développements théoriques fragmentaires soulignant l′importance de la pensée paradoxale. En termes de pratiques de conseil d’orientation, certains des développements originaux mettent l’accent sur l′engagement actif, touchent à des méthodes plus holistiques, insistent sur la centration sur un type de conseil élargi et sur l’efficacité du conseil. Ces développements sont l’occasion de relever de nouveaux défis pour les théoriciens et les praticiens du conseil d’orientation.

Zusammenfassung. Die potenzielle/potente Wirkung globaler Veränderungen der Arbeit auf Theorie und Praxis der Karriereplanung

Dieser Artikel stellt eine Analyse der aktuellen Theorie und Praxis zur Karriereplanung rund um den Globus vor. Er beschreibt kurz wesentliche Veränderungen, die sich auf das Arbeitsleben auswirken und beschreibt, wie diese Veränderungen in Theorie und Praxis der Berufsberatung Innovationen ausgelöst haben. Solche Innovationen und hervortretende Entwicklungen in der Theorie der Berufswahl umfassen den Konstruktivismus, die Systemtheorie, die Aktionstheorie, sowie eine ganze Reihe fragmentarischer theoretischer Entwicklungen, die die Bedeutung des paradoxen Denkens betonen. In der Praxis der Berufsberatung sind einige der neueren Entwicklungen eine stärkere Betonung der aktiven Klientenbeteiligung, der verstärkte Einsatz holistischer Methoden, ein ausgedehnterer Beratungsfokus, und eine verstärkte Betonung der Beratungseffizienz. Diese Veränderungen stellen für die Beratungsforscher und – praktiker sowohl neue Gelegenheiten als auch neue Herausforderungen dar.

Resumen. El Impacto Potencial de los Cambios Globales en el Trabajo sobre la Teoría y Práctica de la Orientación para la Carrera

Este artículo presenta un análisis de las teorías actuales y de la práctica de la orientación para la carrera en el mundo. Describe brevemente algunos cambios importantes que están ejerciendo su impacto en la vida laboral, y considera cómo estos cambios han dado lugar a innovaciones en la teoría y práctica de la orientación para la carrera. Entre estas innovaciones encontramos teorías emergentes como el constructivismo, la teoría de sistemas, la teoría de la acción, y una serie de desarrollos teóricos fragmentarios que enfatizan la importancia del pensamiento paradójico. Respecto a la práctica de la orientación para la carrera, algunos de estos desarrollos incluyen un mayor énfasis en la implicación activa, métodos más holísticos, un objetivo más amplio de la orientación y un énfasis creciente sobre su eficacia. Estos desarrollos suponen nuevas oportunidades y retos para los teóricos de la orientación para la carrera y para los orientadores.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouver, B.C.Canada

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