ERIC Number: ED414514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Delivery of Career Counseling Services: Community Access--The Role of Employers: ERIC Digest.
Marceau, Denis; Gingras, Marcelle
Despite professional counseling and courses on career choice in school, students say they are poorly prepared to meet society's challenges. This digest looks at a career counseling initiative in Canada that unites the academic world and the workplace. Clearer ties must be established between education and the workplace; in the collaboration-based, educational approach described here, employers play a central role. However, even if an employer's commitment to education is strong, the rules of the game must be spelled out at the beginning if a real partnership is to be established. It is important to set up a council made up of representatives of the various partners to oversee the partnership. It is necessary to define objectives together, to reach consensus on the common goals, and to name someone credible to manage the project. The project described here addressed two key issues: (1) developing an education resource database, and (2) giving pedagogical support to work-related educational resource experiments. Employers showed enthusiasm for the project and participating educators were happy with the collaboration and appreciated the information in the database. Furthermore, students seemed happy with the curriculum changes and showed greater interest in the classroom. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Canadian Studies, Career Awareness, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Education, Career Guidance, Careers, Cooperative Education, Education Work Relationship, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Prevocational Education, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Student Development, Vocational Education, 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