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ERIC Number: ED444067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Career Development in Spain.
Talavera, Elvira Repetto; Moreno, Luisa Rodriguez; Romeo, Javier; Malik, Beatriz
In Spain, the term "career development" refers to vocational or career guidance services. The 1983 Law on University Reform conferred on universities the freedom of teaching, endowing them with legal status and administrative powers. Thus, there are no regulations regarding guidance at this educational level. Guidance departments in secondary schools coordinate the work of tutors and provide counseling. Vocation or career guidance services are being transferred to autonomous communities. Services are organized according to a four-stage model that enables clients to follow an individual career path. The four stages are: (1) identification of employment skills; (2) positioning in the labor market; (3) matching qualifications with labor market requirements; and (4) active job search. A summary of current policy issues include: state and regional governments do not usually grant guidance the importance it deserves; the number of specialized guidance professionals is small considering the great demand for services; guidance initiatives are increasing; and policies are uneven concerning guidance in the different educational levels. Action steps that Spain must consider for the future include: identifying overlapping policies, improving the current provisions for career guidance; promoting research on the delivery of career development; and developing comprehensive lifelong career guidance programs. (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain