ERIC Number: ED444053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
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The Impact on Career Delivery Services of Information and Communications Technology.
There is a growing demand for career guidance to be delivered by computers. Recruiters feel that college career centers should keep up with technological advances of the business world. A survey by Behrens and Altman (1998) found that 80 percent of college students would rather gain career information from a computer than a book. The implications of the changing content are far reaching. Tait (1999) describes two categories of concern. The first questions the value to the client of the one-to-one interview, and the second questions whether all resources can be safely left to the client's understanding and control. The paper concludes that the human-machine contrast is not helpful as a guide to policy. In considering the implications for practitioner training, the primary concern is whether or not counselors know how to use the system. The paper questions whether career counselors of the future should be prepared to create their own Web pages, evaluate Web sites, participate in careers guidance-related listservs, and use computer-assisted guidance programs of all kinds. It will also be important for counselors to improve their genuinely human guidance skills, something that cannot be replaced by technology. (Contains 19 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Making Waves: Career Development and Public Policy. International Symposium 1999 Papers, Proceedings, and Strategies (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 2-4, 1999); see CG 030 145.