ERIC Number: ED414451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Internet and Careers Work. NICEC Briefing.
Offer, Marcus; Watts, Tony
This briefing reviews the state of the art in the application of the Internet in career guidance and counseling. It describes how the Internet works and the main services offered: electronic mail, newsgroups, the World Wide Web, file transfer, and intranets. A glossary is provided. The following current and potential uses are discussed: access to information; direct access to computer-assisted guidance systems; individual guidance at a distance; new forms of group work through e-mail and newsgroups; access and outreach; electronic recruitment, placement, and job search; careers education; marketing of guidance services; and professional networking and support. A range of issues relating to the use of the Internet in the career field are identified: how to ensure equitable access to the resources of the Internet; whether the Internet is to remain largely free-access or will become more commercialized as business use increases; as the number of Internet users increases, the choice between expensive upgrading to Integrated Services Digital Network lines and ever faster modems or increasingly slow access times; control of the quality of information; security and confidentiality of personal information; and targeting the training needs of guidance workers to enable them to take a proactive role in the development of the Internet as a guidance tool. Two sources for further information are provided. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Career Education, Career Guidance, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Uses in Education, Costs, Counselor Training, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Electronic Mail, Foreign Countries, Information Dissemination, Internet, Needs Assessment
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Careers Research and Advisory Centre, Cambridge (England).; Department for Education and Employment, London (England).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Careers Education and Counselling, Cambridge (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom