ERIC Number: ED329819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
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Issues in Counselling Stable Workers Forces To Make Job Changes.
Counselors whose clients are workers displaced in plant closures and downsizings face a number of unique issues because they do not have a conceptual model on which to base their interventions. The types of work force attachment individuals have affects the issues with which they are coping. Four different kinds of work force attachments are delineated in this paper. They pertain to the following worker types: (1) career building, which includes those who are upwardly mobile and have long-term goals; (2) stable, those who establish themselves in jobs with the intention of remaining until they retire because they dislike change; (3) mobile, those who seek change in their work lives and who have skills which allow them to change jobs with little difficulty; and (4) erratic, those who have difficulty obtaining and retaining jobs because of personal problems. Since the majority of displaced workers can be found in the stable category, this paper focuses mainly on them. In establishing a relationship with the displaced worker as client a number of issues must be considered. First, it is important to understand at what stage in the coping process the clients have arrived. In addition, assessment procedures are likely to be impacted by the oral culture of the displaced workers, few of whom have ever been asked to reflect on or interpret their job skills, especially in writing. Informal procedures tend to be more useful than formal ones; stable workers seem to learn best by doing, and therefore coaching and practice are the preferred learning methods in developing job search skills and in preparing for skill certification tests. How much help is needed during the implementation phase depends on the complexity of the action steps, the resources readily available to the clients, and the probability of achieving their goals. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Consultation on Vocational Counselling (17th, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 22-24, 1991).