ERIC Number: ED419172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Strategic Directions for Higher Education Careers Services. NICEC Briefing.
National Inst. for Careers Education and Counselling, Cambridge (England).
Attending to students' employability within a more student-driven higher education system is high on the policy agenda in Britain. Career services have a key contribution to make to this agenda. Higher education career services have moved away from the one-to-one interview to a widely adopted open-access model, in which students have access to a range of resources. Within the institutional structure, career services can be aligned to other student, academic, or marketing services or can stand on their own. In the national policy context, it is left to higher education institutions to decide whether to offer career services, what form they should take, and what level of resources they should have. Pressures on the core activities of career services are changing their nature and raising questions about their future form. Extension of supplementary activities developed around the core activities could lead to broader strategic options. Seven strategic directions for career services could lead to major restructuring. Four options are based on stronger embedding within the institution: integrated guidance, integrated placement, curriculum, and learning organization. Three are based on delivering career services after graduation: extended support, lifelong guidance, and alumni. Professional issues include structures of professional collaboration, recruitment and professional development, and quality assurance. A checklist of strategic issues and a process for strategic planning have been proposed. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Education, Career Guidance, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Guidance Programs, Higher Education, Strategic Planning
National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling, Sheraton House, Castle Park, Cambridge CB3 0AX, England, United Kingdom (enclose stamped self-addressed envelope); e-mail:enquiries@CRAC.org.uk
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Careers Research and Advisory Centre, Cambridge (England).; Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, Sheffield (England).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Careers Education and Counselling, Cambridge (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)