Three Life and Career Design Interview Methods for Counseling Young People in Situations of Migration

  • Valérie Cohen-Scali
  • Jean Luc Bernaud
  • Issa Abdou Moumoula
  • Jacques Pouyaud
Part of the Lifelong Learning Book Series book series (LLLB, volume 23)


Globalization of the economy and changes in labor markets have resulted in a loss of references for people having to face up to new professional challenges and changes which are sometimes brutal. Some people seek more security, satisfying work and better futures outside of their countries of origin, so decide to migrate and often encounter obstacles as well as experience uncertainty. The objective of this chapter is to underline the usefulness of three types of life and career counseling interviews to help the young migrants in their search for decent work and better living conditions. Migrant young people from Southern to industrialized countries are particularly exposed to issues of professional inclusion, with their case chosen as illustration to emphasize the ways such interventions can be used by career counselors. The situation of migration is conceived globally, from the departure to installation in a receiving country. These three methods for life and career designing are presented and exemplified at the different steps of the process: the “meaning of life” interview, “explanation interview” and “Life and career design dialogues” (LCDD). The chapter introduces the main characteristics of each method and underlines the ways they may be implemented in regard to both the global purposes of the migrant young people and specificities of the situation for each method within the migration process. These interviews methods are compared and discussed in the concluding section.


Migration Counseling interviews Life and career design Youth Transition Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valérie Cohen-Scali
    • 1
  • Jean Luc Bernaud
    • 1
  • Issa Abdou Moumoula
    • 2
  • Jacques Pouyaud
    • 3
  1. 1.Conservatoire National des Arts et MétiersHesam UniversitésParisFrance
  2. 2.University of KoudougouKoudougouBurkina Faso
  3. 3.University of BordeauxBordeauxFrance

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