ERIC Number: EJ926657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Career Support for Migrants: Transformation or Adaptation?
Bimrose, Jenny; McNair, Stephen
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v78 n3 p325-333 Jun 2011
The complex interfaces created by migration not only challenge core beliefs about the purpose of career guidance and counseling but also about the precise nature and level of the support required for migrants. However, the issue has had little academic attention. While traditional theories informing the practice of career guidance and counseling implicitly reflect a commitment to social equality, they were developed in relatively homogenous Western capitalist contexts that were strongly individualized, masculine, secular, action and future focused. As career guidance and counseling services in more individualized countries seek to meet the needs of a growing number of clients from more collectivist cultures, the universal relevance of such models is increasingly open to challenge. This article explores three core challenges posed by migration for the theory and practice of career guidance and counseling. The first relates to the very purpose of these types of services for migrants; the second, to the way in which migration requires a realignment of the relationship of theory with practice; and the third relates to the need to redefine service delivery models for this client group. The extent to which notions of "quality" in services are culturally dependent will also be considered, together with the potential for general service improvements being stimulated by the provision of high quality services for migrants.
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Career Guidance, Migration, Migrants, Beliefs, Career Counseling, Theory Practice Relationship
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