Responsibility in Life Designing and Career Construction of Women with Low Employment Skills
The Psychology of Working Theory (PWT) teaches that career development approaches should focus more on groups that are marginalized and the aim in career counseling should be to assist clients in accessing decent work (Blustein DL, J Career Assess 19: 316−322, 2011; Blustein D, Masdonati J, Rossier J, Psychology and the international labor organization: the role of psychology in the decent work agenda, Unpublished report, 2017). This chapter investigates how underprivileged women can be assisted in career identity development in a Career Construction Interview (CCI). A case study of two women with low employment skills reveals that the CCI is an effective method in clarifying career identity and career adaptability issues with young women that have experienced barriers such as lack of high school education, young motherhood and abusive relationships. The two stories are analyzed with a literary method that charts the contents of the two CCIs while an Icelandic version of the career adaptability scale is used to measure progress in the interviews. These two cases indicate that the instrument is sensitive to positive career adaptability changes before and after the two CCI sessions.
KeywordsCareer adaptability Career construction interview Decent work Literary analysis Life design Responsibility
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