ERIC Number: ED459327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Career Guidance and Counselling: Theory and Practice for the 21st Century. Conference Report (Budapest, Hungary, March 29-31, 2000).
European Training Foundation, Turin (Italy).
No longer is it possible for individuals to go through their working lives using only the skills and training they acquired during their initial schooling. Instead, they need to continually acquire new skills and re-think their career goals to meet changing job requirements and economic conditions. In order to help adults learn new skills and re-direct their thinking toward multiple careers instead of careers-for-life, more and different career guidance is needed. Instead of thinking of how to help individuals choose traditional careers, career guidance must focus on how to help them construct their own careers and to be open-minded to unplanned events that may lead to new careers. In particular, this concept of career guidance is relevant to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. In these countries, shifts from the old paternalistic economy to a market economy have been abrupt and devastating, and career guidance must be made available to help people learn to plan and guide their own careers and lives. In the United States, in the meantime, policies, partnerships, and strategies are being implemented to support occupational and career information systems. These systems need to be refined and the best concepts applied to European countries. Staff development is central to the implementation of these initiatives. (Recommendations for European countries are provided. Four appendixes provide information on European countries' policy in the field of guidance, a blueprint for life and work designs, characteristics of Hungarian career guidance, and preparation of career guidance practitioners in the United States.) (Contains 10 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Capitalism, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Guidance, Career Information Systems, Career Planning, Counselor Training, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Economic Change, Educational Needs, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Labor Force Development, Labor Market, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Reentry Workers, Retraining, Skill Development, Staff Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Vocational Adjustment
For full text: http://www.etf.eu.int/etfweb.nsf/pages/vetdown/$file/Budapes tconf.pdf.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Training Foundation, Turin (Italy).
Identifiers - Location: Europe; United States