ERIC Number: ED448333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Career Guidance for the Third Age. Report on a NICEC/CRAC Invitational Policy Consultation (Birmingham, England, October 30-31, 1996). CRAC/NICEC Conference Briefing.
National Inst. for Careers Education and Counselling, Cambridge (England).; Careers Research and Advisory Centre, Cambridge (England).
This document synthesizes the findings of an invitational policy consultation at which 27 invited participants from England, Wales, and Scotland examined the special career guidance needs of third-age adults (adults age 45 or older) and strategies for meeting those needs. First, the special career- and employment-related problems faced by individuals in the third age are explained. Adjustment problems arising from transitions associated with the third age are discussed along with the following factors that may influence older clients differently: confidence levels, geographic mobility, gender differences, social class differences, and differences unique to the current generation. The following types of differences between older and younger adults are considered together with the implications of these differences for career guidance providers: job search; importance of work/role/activity; need for a richer, more personally satisfying life; and financial security. The main option areas for the following groups of third-age clients are listed: redundant individuals, retirees, employees, and unemployed individuals. Twelve key determinants of quality provision for third-age clients, including the following, are listed: close teamwork between major provider organizations and key players; development of local exemplars; and staff sensitivity to third-age issues. Concluding the document are seven recommendations and action points for consideration at the national and local levels. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Counseling, Adult Development, Adult Learning, Adult Programs, Aging (Individuals), Career Change, Career Education, Career Guidance, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Conferences, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Services, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Client Relationship, Educational Quality, Employment Problems, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Individual Needs, Middle Aged Adults, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Strategic Planning, Synthesis
National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling, Sheraton House, Castle Park, Cambridge CB3 0AX, England.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department for Education and Employment, London (England).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Careers Education and Counselling, Cambridge (England).; Careers Research and Advisory Centre, Cambridge (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom