Introduction: An International Handbook of Career Guidance

  • Raoul Van Esbroeck
  • James A. Athanasou

A key question is “why an international handbook”? Indeed there are a large number of handbooks on career guidance available all over the world. They exist in different languages and are updated regularly. In general, however, most of these handbooks are strongly related to one country or to one cultural or linguistic region (e.g., Brown, 2003; Herr, Cramer, & Niles, 2004). Accordingly they are written from a specific point of view and based upon academic developments, guidance practice and societal situations specific to the readers they target. Beyond any doubt, it is an obvious and appropriate choice but it has one disadvantage. The readership will not be confronted with what is going on in the rest of the world and the global diversity in the field of guidance. Accordingly it is a disadvantage in view of an increasing globalisation and the newly required competencies for professionals. Knowing more about the world-wide diversity will help to uncover better practice examples that may be of use for some specific clients or yield new ideas to adapt existing approaches. It also can help to grasp the new developments in the required competencies for career guidance professionals or to acquire a better understanding of them.


Career Development Career Guidance Vocational Behavior Guidance Practice Career Maturity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raoul Van Esbroeck
    • 1
  • James A. Athanasou
    • 2
  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit BrusselBelgium
  2. 2.University of TechnologySydneyAustralia

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