ERIC Number: ED414513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Extending the Reach: Distance Delivery in Career Counseling: ERIC Digest.
Cahill, Mildred; Martland, Sandra
Generations of rural people have relied on resource industries for their livelihoods. This digest examines how modern technologies allow career counselors to serve this population. In distance career counseling, four factors must be considered: (1) community characteristics, such as the informal hiring practices seen in many rural communities; (2) nature of the labor market, where some rural communities have a restricted range of occupational opportunities; (3) rural communities in transition, where many rural labor markets are changing; and (4) rural culture, in which many rural careers involve a wide range of non-market activities. Distance career counselors can use a variety of communication technologies to deliver programs, such as audio-teleconferencing, which is available in any place with regular phone service. Video-cassette players may also be used and can help parents work with their children in exploring career options. Print materials, such as workbooks, can explain career development issues and strategies and can provide clients with a record of their experiences. In any such program, several factors can enhance success. Community-based partners must be involved, flexible programs must be available for divergent rural communities, program delivery must be firmly in place, and program administration can be simplified with local on-site coordinators. (RJM)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Guidance, Careers, Counseling Techniques, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, Individual Development, Rural Areas, Rural Population, Social Development, Technological Advancement, Vocational Interests
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.; Canadian Guidance and Counselling Foundation, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada